Check out our 2021 Lions Draft as our features editor Alan Dymock goes against Tom Hamilton (ESPN), Chris Jones (the BBC) and Charlie Morgan (Telegraph) to pick a Test XV.

What started out as weeks of debate amongst friends has finally turned into a full-blown draft in the style of so many American sports: today we give you Rugby World’s 2021 Lions Draft.

With our own features editor Alan Dymock going up against Tom Hamilton of ESPN, Chris Jones of the BBC, and Charlie Morgan of The Telegraph, each took turns in a ‘snake draft’* to pick players for Test XV for the British & Irish Lions to face South Africa on the upcoming tour.

It wasn’t plain sailing and there was plenty of panic going around, but they did it. Obviously time moves on and since their showdown a lot has changed – earlier in the week we saw the Lions and Premiership reach agreement on player release and we have also sadly lost some players to long-term injury as George North and Joe Launchbury suffered cruel, cruel blows at the weekend.

Despite this, we would like you to let us know which of these teams you prefer with a vote on social media.

Tom Hamilton’s XV

  1. Mako Vunipola
  2. Luke Cowan-Dickie
  3. Zander Fagerson
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. Tadhg Beirne
  6. Sam Simmonds
  7. Hamish Watson
  8. Billy Vunipola
  9. Ben Youngs
  10. George Ford
  11. Simon Zebo
  12. Manu Tuilagi
  13. George North
  14. Louis Rees-Zammit
  15. Anthony Watson

Chris Jones’s XV

  1. Joe Marler
  2. Ronan Kelleher
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Joe Launchbury
  5. Courtney Lawes
  6. Sam Underhill
  7. Tom Curry
  8. Caelan Doris
  9. Conor Murray
  10. Finn Russell
  11. Josh Adams
  12. Henry Slade
  13. Jonathan Davies
  14. Keith Earls
  15. Max Malins

Charlie Morgan’s XV

  1. Cian Healy
  2. Jamie George
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Iain Henderson
  5. Alun Wyn Jones
  6. Josh Navidi
  7. Justin Tipuric
  8. Jack Conan
  9. Ali Price
  10. Dan Biggar
  11. James Lowe
  12. Cameron Redpath
  13. Robbie Henshaw
  14. Duhan van der Merwe
  15. Liam Williams

Alan Dymock’s XV

  1. Wyn Jones
  2. Ken Owens
  3. Andrew Porter
  4. Jonny Gray
  5. James Ryan
  6. CJ Stander
  7. Josh van der Flier
  8. Taulupe Faletau
  9. Tomos Williams
  10. Johnny Sexton
  11. Jonny May
  12. Owen Farrell
  13. Garry Ringrose
  14. Hugo Keenan
  15. Stuart Hogg

So who do you think won the 2021 Lions Draft? You can vote via our supporting tweet – or let us know via

*Simply put, a ‘snake draft’ involves people making single picks in a designated order and when it gets to the end of that order, the last person makes two picks at once and it comes back down the order in reverse.

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