Goal-line drop-outs and red card replacement laws will be retained for the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition, which gets underway on Friday.
I am trying to pick a Lions XV for the five provincial games against invitational and Super Rugby sides for next year. If you saw my earlier post about the Test team, I will do my best to pick 23 completely different players.
15. Josh Adams
Electrifying pace, seven tries at Rugby World Cup 2019. Rapid rise to the scene. Will certainly tour under Gatland.
14. Jonny May
England’s most prolific try scorer since 2017. Raw pace, finishes brilliant moves. Was brilliant on hard grounds last time in South Africa in summer 2018.
13. Robbie Henshaw
If not starting for the Tests, he should tour South Africa. Good physique and defensive game, he has been an underrated figure for the Ireland team.
12. Sam Johnson
By no means the biggest centre, but he definitely has the heart and courage. Since his Scotland debut in 2019, he has been the Scots’ defensive captain and a very agile menace in attack.
11. Jordan Larmour
Flourishing under Andy Farrell’s more expansive system. Young and inexperienced, but Larmour is an exciting Irish prospect.
10. George Ford
Questions raised about his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad but let’s be honest, he was their best player in Japan. Like Daly, he has helped transformed England’s attacking kicking game into a feared weapon.
9. Tomos Williams
Wales are the only northern hemisphere side with strength in depth in the 9 role. Williams has been a revelation for Gatland and is the long term solution to Wales’ 9 jersey.
1. Cian Healy
Age may not be on his side, but Healy is a scrummaging stalwart and has the experience required for a Lions tour.
2. Ken Owens
The sheriff may not have the 16 jersey for the Test side but he will likely tour under Gatland.
3. WP Nel
Strong scrummager for Scotland.
4. Adam Beard
Was sensational against Ireland in the 25-7 victory. One for the Welsh future.
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Captain)
6. Justin Tipuric
7. Josh van der Flier
8. Josh Navidi
16. Stuart McInally
17. Rhys Carré
18. Zander Fagerson
19. Richie Gray
20. Anthony Watson
21. Finn Russell
22. Mark Watson
23. George Horne