Monday, 9 April 2012

British Lions 2013 - Probables v Possibles Trial Teams

This time last year I selected a squad for a virtual 2011 British Lions Tour. In order to be selected, a player had to feature in the 2011 Six Nations Championship. The squad consisted of 37 players with the same position structure as in the 2009 tour.

With the 2013 Lions Tour now firmly on the horizon, I thought I would take a different view and take a trip down memory lane to the days when we had trail matches with the selection of the 2012 Probables and Possibles teams. Selection is based on current form shown in the Six Nations as well as a few hunches on players returning from injury.

There are a number of changes from my 2011 selection with the likes of Lee Byrne, Mark Cueto, Brian O'Driscoll, Danny Care, John Barclay, and Tom Palmer being casualties of the selection of the trial teams.

                           Probables                             Possibles
15                       L Halfpenny                          R Kearney
14                       T Bowe                                 C Ashton
13                       J Davies                                M Tuilagi
12                       J Roberts                              B Barritt
11                       G North                                 M Evans
10                       J Sexton                               R Priestland                          
9                         M Phillips                             M Blair                                 
8                         J Heaslip                              T Faletau
7                         S Warburton                        S O'Brien
6                         D Lydiate                             S Ferris
5                         R Gray                                 B Davies
4                         I Evans                                 P O'Connell
3                         A Jones                                D Cole                               
2                         R Best                                  M Rees
1                         G Jenkins                            A Corbisiero

Replacements :  B Foden, S Hogg, K Earls, A Cuthbert, T Flood, B Youngs, T Croft, T Wood, R Rennie, B Morgan, C Lawes, G Parling, D Hartley, M Ross, C Healy             

Comments welcomed!!


  1. Would have Cuthbert ahead of Ashton on current form. Also Evans has never really performed on the International stage. Tim Visser could be a more likely candidate if you want a scot!

    Also how about Stephen Ferris of Ireland? He has been a rock! Otherwise it's difficult to disagree ith your selections.

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  2. Who would make it into a fully fit welsh side? Sexton & O'Drisoll?