Ian McGeechan named his Lions (rugby union) squad to take on South Africa this week…but what do you think of his 37 (now 36) and who do you think should take the place of the unfortunate Tomas O’Leary, the Munster scrum-half, who broke his ankle on Friday night and will now not be able to go to South Africa?

The full squad is? Is it the right one?

Fullback
Lee Byrne (Wales)
Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Wing
Shane Williams (Wales)
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
Ugo Moyne (England)
Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland)
Tommy Bowe (Ireland)

Centre
Tom Shanklin (Wales)
Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
Keith Earls (Ireland)
Riki Flutey (England)

Fly Half
Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
Stephen Jones (Wales)

Scrum Half
Mike Phillips (Wales)
Harry Ellis (England)
Vacant Position

No 8
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
Andy Powell (Wales)

Flanker
David Wallace (Ireland)
Stephen Ferris (Ireland)
Alan Quinlan (Ireland)
Joe Worsley (England)
Martyn Williams (Wales)

Lock
Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales)
Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Ireland)

Simon Shaw (England)
Nathan Hines (Scotland)

Prop
Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
Adam Jones (Wales)
Andrew Sheridan (England)
Phil Vickery (England)
Euan Murray (Scotland)

Hooker
Jerry Flannery (Ireland)
Lee Mears (England)
Matthew Rees (Wales)

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  • Olly Mays

    I’m saying this after watching the Guiness and Heineken finals but i think Dan Hipkiss should be given a chance, i know its a massive step up as he hasn’t played for England for a long time, but the first game is next week and i believe there is no more in form center playing in the British isles.

  • paulmorganrugbyworld

    You’re absolutely right, Caroline. Since the squad was announced:
    * Tomas O’Leary has broken his leg to be replaced by Mike Blair
    * Alan Quinlan has been banned for gouging and replaced by Tom Croft
    * Tom Shankin dislocated his shoulder and is not being replaced
    * Leigh Halfpenny has damaged his thigh and will be out for two weeks. Replacement confirmed on Friday
    * Jerry Flannery has broken his arm and will be replaced on Friday
    Quite a toll!

  • Caroline

    I don’t think that this is the team now that Halfpenny has been injured and three more after him!