In less than three months’ time the British and Irish Lions will arrive on Australian soil along with 30,000 fanatical supporters.
This is a tour unlike any other in sport. I have been fortunate enough to attend five Lions Test games, all incredible occasions.
This Lions squad will be very strong across the board, it will take a herculean effort by the Wallabies to win the series.
With that I am going to pick my Wallabies team for the first Test at Suncorp Stadium.
I am taking into account players that should be returning and selecting a few out of their current Super Rugby positions.
Wallabies First XV vs British and Irish Lions
1. Benn Robinson
2. Stephen Moore
3. Sekope Kepu
4. James Horwill
5. Kane Douglas
6. Ben Mowen
7. David Pocock (c)
8. Wycliff Palu
9. Will Genia
10. Quade Cooper
11. James O’Connor
12. Ben Tapuai
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. Digby Ioane
15. Kurtley Beale
I think our backs (if the right players are selected) can match it with the Lions however it’s the forwards that concern me, which is no surprise.
James Horwill will be underdone however we need his grunt and experience. Ben Mowen is a smokey, however we are still searching for a number six so why not give him a run.
His card is probably stamped however I would pick him. Sekope Kepu needs to lift his game.
I don’t know if this team is good enough to win the series however it’s one I would like to see selected in the first International.
No more selecting plodders such as Dave Dennis, Pat McCabe and Ryan Harris. Pick the best possible players in the right positions, please Robbie Deans.
Roarers, what’s your team?