The Rugby World Cup British & Irish Lions XV

The Daily Telegraph have put together their British & Irish Lions XV based on the World Cup but we think they’ve made a few mistakes. You can view their line-up here.

We’ve had a go ourselves and while we agree with a lot of their selections, we’ve made a few changes.


Loose-head prop
Cian Healy (Ireland)
Another difficult choice, mainly because his compatriot Jack McGrath has a strong case. So too does Scotland’s Alasdair Dickinson.

Rory Best (Ireland)
Scotland’s Ross Ford and Wales’ Scott Baldwin impressed, but Best’s all-round work shone.

Tight-head prop

WP Nel (Scotland)
Ensured that Scotland troubled Australia at the scrummage where England and Wales had not. Had an outstanding tournament.

Iain Henderson (Ireland)
This guy is just going to get better and better.


Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales)
Conceded some penalties against South Africa but was a colossal leader throughout for Wales.

Blindside flanker
Dan Lydiate (Wales)
Hopefully the Justin Tipuric-clamouring romantics in Wales now realise his worth. He was monstrous against England and South Africa.


Openside flanker
Sean O’Brien (Ireland)
Missed the Argentina game and it showed. Explosive ball carrier.

No 8
Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Scotland’s David Denton comes close and Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip had his moments.

Full back
Mike Brown (England)
Would have been Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny if fit, and Scotland’s Stuart Hogg and Ireland’s Rob Kearney were close.

Anthony Watson (England)
Electric feet that mean he so often beats the first man. Going to be a genuine star.

Mark Bennett (Scotland)
Super tournament, deserves a spot.

Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Missed a lot of the tournament, but this guy is the future.


George North (Wales)
Tricky choice this because North has not been at his best recently, but still better than England’s Jonny May and others.

Dan Biggar (Wales)
One of the players of the tournament. Just pips Sexton at the moment.

Scrum half
Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
Massive competition here with Gareth Davies and Conor Murray but Laidlaw pips it for us.

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