Lions selection deadline fast approaching

Lions selection entering last hours. 

 With months of guessing who will and who won’t make the plane to New Zealand, the British and Irish Lions squad will be named tomorrow.

Here’s how two of Ireland’s most respected pundits- Gerry Thornley and Brendan Fanning, think will make Warren Gatland’s selection.

Brendan Fanning’s Lions Squad

Fullbacks: S Hogg (Sco), M Brown (Eng)

Wings: L Williams (Wal), G North (Wal), E Daly (Eng), J Nowell (Eng), A Watson (Eng)

Centres: O Farrell (Eng), R Henshaw (Irl), J Joseph (Eng), D Taylor (Sco)

Outhalves: J Sexton (Irl), D Biggar (Wal)

Scrumhalves: C Murray (Irl), R Webb (Wal), A Price (Sco)

Props: J McGrath (Irl), M Vunipola (Eng), C Healy (Irl), T Furlong (Irl), D Cole (Eng), J Ryan (Irl)

Hookers: J George (Eng), R Best (Irl), K Owens (Wal)

Locks: AW Jones (Wal), J Launchbury (Eng), G Kruis (Eng), M Itoje (Eng), I Henderson (Irl)

Back-rows: P O’Mahony (Irl), CJ Stander (Irl), B Vunipola (Eng), N Hughes (Eng), S Warburton (C) (Wal), S O’Brien (Irl), H Watson (Sco).

Gerry Thornley’s Lions Squad

Fullbacks: Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

Wings: Anthony Watson (England), Elliot Daly (England), George North (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Simon Zebo (Ireland)

Centres: Jonathan Joseph (England), Owen Farrell (England), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Garry Ringrose (Ireland)

Outhalves: Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Dan Biggar (Wales)

Scrumhalves: Conor Murray (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

Props: Mako Vunipola (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Joe Marler (England), Dan Cole (England), Zander Fagerson (Scotland)

Hookers: Ken Owens (Wales), Rory Best (Ireland), Jamie George (England)

Locks: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Joe Launchbury (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Maro Itoje (England), Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Flankers: CJ Stander (Ireland), Sam Warburton (Wales, captain) Justin Tipuric (Wales), Seán O’Brien (Ireland), Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)

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