The Best British & Irish Lions XV From The Six Nations So Far Statistically Speaking
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How would a British & Irish Lions XV look based on statistics alone?
The guys over at the The Rugby Net have once again done the all hard work, compiling all the stats from the first two rounds, putting them together into a rankings list so we can see who’s performing the best in each position.
In order to put the team together based on the very best players statistically, we’ve done a bit of shuffling around in the back-row and in the centre. Stander, O’Brien and Itoje lead the way in the back-row, so we’ve shuffled them around in order to include the top three. Same goes for the centres with Davies and Ringrose leading the way, so we’ve opted to shift Davies to 12 as he has experience playing there at Lions Test level.
Interestingly Ireland lead the way with a whopping 7 players on the team, while leaders England only have 4 representatives. The rest of the team is made up of 3 Welshmen and 1 Scot.
*The ratings are mathematically generated from a variety of objective criteria, meaning they aren’t simply an opinion of who is best, they are calculated by The Rugby Net Rating Engine. The Rating Engine takes in information (statistics, standings, match results, etc) and produces a rating for each player. For a full breakdown of the algorithm click here
Six Nations Lions XV
1. Joe Marler (England)
2. Ken Owens (Wales)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
4. Joe Launchbury (England)
5. Courtney Lawes (England)
6. Maro Itoje (England)
7. Sean O’Brien (Ireland)
8. CJ Stander (Ireland)
9. Conor Murray (Ireland)
10. Paddy Jackson (Ireland)
11. Keith Earls (Ireland)
12. Jonathan Davies (Wales)
13. Gary Ringrose (Ireland)
14. Liam Williams (Wales)
15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)