Picking A 36-Man British & Irish Lions Squad As Things Stand

Lions.

We’re not entirely sure what’s going on with the British and Irish Lions this summer and their series against the Springboks but all signs are pointing to it taking place in some shape or form.

The most likely route will be to host the tour at home in Britain and Ireland with the Springboks travelling to this side of the world with a number of international teams coming in to fill up the midweek fixtures.

It’s also looking like there will be four tests instead of the usual three but we’re still awaiting confirmation there with plans and a schedule due out in the next few weeks.

But putting all that aside, let’s have a look at how things stand in terms of selection. We won’t go into too much details, we’ll let you discuss among yourselves but here’s the current 36-man squad we would pick with a potential starting XV at the bottom.

Have a look, let us know what players you think are unlucky to miss out and what kind of starting XV you would select.

36-man British and Irish Lions squad

BACK-THREE (6)
Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)
Keith Earls (Ireland)
Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)
Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Anthony Watson (England)
Liam Williams (Wales)

CENTRES (4)
Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Jonathan Davies (Wales)
Henry Slade (England)
Manu Tuilagi (England)

OUT-HALVES (3)
Owen Farrell (England)
Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Dan Biggar (Wales)

SCRUM-HALVES (3)
Conor Murray (Ireland)
Ali Price (Scotland)
Tomos Williams (Wales)

PROP (6)
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
Kyle Sinckler (England)
Andrew Porter (Ireland)
Mako Vunipola (England)
Wyn Jones (Wales)
Rory Sutherland (Scotland)

HOOKER (3)
Jamie George (England)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (England)
Ken Owens (Wales)

SECOND-ROW (5)
Maro Itoje (England)
James Ryan (Ireland)
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
Iain Henderson (Ireland)

BACK-ROW (6)
Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Tom Curry (England)
Justin Tipuric (Wales)
Billy Vunipola (England)
Josh Navidi (Wales)
Hamish Watson (Scotland)

Potential Lions Starting XV

15. Stuart Hogg
14. Louis Rees-Zammit
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Jonathan Davies
11. Duhan van der Merwe
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Maro Itoje
5. Alun Wyn Jones
6. Tadhg Beirne
7. Tom Curry
8. Taulupe Faletau