All Blacks Legend Questions The Inclusion Of Wales Star In Lions Squad
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Legendary All Blacks number eight Zinzan Brooke has questioned the inclusion of Wales back-row Toby Faletau in Warren Gatland’s Lions squad.
Faletau played only a minor role in Wales’ Six Nations due to injury and the form of Ross Moriarty, but has returned in some fashion the last few weeks with Bath, putting in a number of MOTM performances.
Brooke reckons Faletau lacks that ‘mongrel edge’ you need with taking on the All Blacks.
“Someone who I do have reservations about is Welsh loose-forward Taulupe Faletau,” The legendary All Black said.
“It’s not that he isn’t a good player, he just isn’t a key player. He’s one of these guys that is pretty much good at everything, but doesn’t have that mongrel edge.
“Quick lesson for anyone playing the All Blacks – if you don’t have that mongrel edge, you get found out pretty quickly against the best team in the world.”
Brooke said he was also surprised by the selection of 24-year-old England tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler, who has played eight Tests off the bench since his debut in November.
“He’s still relatively young and hasn’t actually started a test for England yet,” Brooke added.
“Still, Warren Gatland has seen something in him and that’s something supporters will have to be open to when the tour gets underway.”
What do you think? Does Zinzan Brooke have a point?