Laughing off the big decisions: Warren Gatland has picked a Test side he feels are perfect for defeating the Wallabies

By Alan Dymock

HEAD COACHES never have it easy, but the selections are made now and we know who will be facing off between the Lions and the Wallabies.

Was it the right team selection from Warren Gatland, though? Obviously some players have played a lot of rugby on tour and the team must play both the conditions and the opposition, but some big players have to miss out. Below is an interactive graphic which uses Opta statistics from the six matches on tour so far to show who the top performers were in several aspects of play. Simply hover over the graphs with your cursor to see how your favourite player has done.

Every 2013 Lion is profiled in the July edition of Rugby World, with Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan giving his verdict on each member of the squad. It’s on sale now!

Statistics provided by Opta. Follow @OptaJonny on Twitter for the latest rugby stats and facts.


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