Picking A Current British & Irish Lions XV

Lions.

Unfortunately there’s no British and Irish Lions tour to look forward to this summer. The famous touring side, made up of the very best Britain and Ireland has to offer, only get together every four years.

It’s part of what makes it so special to be honest. A lot can happen in four years, and with the opposition changing every cycle, the gap between touring nations is a whopping 12 years – making each tour so special and unique.

After last summer’s series draw with world champions New Zealand, next up is South Africa in 2021. But what would a current British & Irish Lions XV look like, almost one year since last summer’s series? Quite different if you ask me.

Whether it be as a result of injury or form, we’ve made a number of changes to the side that took on the All Blacks in the final Test at Eden Park last year.

In the backline, incomes Stuart Hogg, who probably would have started last year anyway, had it not been for a freak injury. He’s joined by two in-form Irishmen in Jacob Stockdale and Garry Ringrose.

In the pack, we’ve also made some changes, once again mainly looking to bring in some of Ireland’s Grand Slam stars. Cian Healy, Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Dan Leavy could all make a case to start a Lions Test match on current form.

Potential British & Irish Lions XV.

15. Stuart Hogg
14. Jacob Stockdale
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Owen Farrell
11. Elliot Daly
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Jamie George
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Maro Itoje
5. Alun Wyn Jones
6. Peter O’Mahony (c)
7. Dan Leavy
8. CJ Stander