This Will Greenwood Lions XV Will Not Go Down Well With Irish, Welsh and Scottish Fans

English Lions?

It was confirmed yesterday, much to the delight of fans, that next summer’s British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will go ahead as scheduled despite massive fixture congestion as a result of the current crisis.

The eight-game Tour kicks off on Saturday 3 July 2021 when the Lions play Vodacom Super Rugby’s DHL Stormers in Cape Town.

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Three weeks later the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg will host the first Test. The second Test follows on Saturday 31 July at the Cape Town Stadium before the British and Irish tourists return to Gauteng for the final Test on Saturday 7 August at Emirates Airline Park.

And on the back of that announcement former England and Lions centre, Will Greenwood has had another go at picking his Test XV to take on the Springboks as things stand.

Just two Irishmen make his team – James Ryan at lock and Robbie Henshaw in midfield alongside new Sale Sharks signing Manu Tuilagi. Scotland also have two players in the XV with loosehead Rory Sutherland and fullback Stuart Hogg selected.

Elsewhere Greenwood has three Welsh players and a whopping eight English players in his selection. Is he being biased as and Englishman? Or is he spot on with his selection?

Should Tadhg Furlong be there ahead of Sinckler? Josh Adams in instead of May? Hamish Watson over Tipuric?

Let us know in the comments.

Will Greenwood’s Lions XV

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
14. Jonny May (England)
13. Manu Tuilagi (England)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
11. Liam Williams (Wales)
10. Owen Farrell (England)
9. Tomos Williams (Wales)

1. Rory Sutherland (Scotland)
2. Jamie George (England)
3. Kyle Sinckler (England)
4. Maro Itoje (c) (England)
5. James Ryan (Ireland)
6. Tom Curry (England)
7. Justin Tipuric (Wales)
8. Billy Vunipola (England)