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Prediction for the first Lions team...
By tigersimon
May 30 2017

My Lions 23 for the first match, 1st of a set of summer articles on my selection for each Lions game.

My team for first fixture against NZ Barbarians on Saturday 3rd June. This selection is based purely on who has been in camp longest with the crazy scheduling and is fully(?) match fit so not included Sexton, O'Brian and Warburton. To get a bench means selecting some players who were involved in semi-finals last weekend but nobody selected who was involved in games on the 26th/27th May. 

Hopefully future articles will be more open for selection and debate rather than selecting itself based on who has actually attended training camp. 

My 'Lions' Team 

Hogg 
Watson 
Te'o 
Joseph 
Seymour 

Biggar 
Webb 

Marler 
Best 
Sinckler 

Wyn Jones 
Henderson 

Moriarty 
Faletau 
Tipuric 

George 
McGraph 
Furlong 
Kruis 
Itoje (back row cover) 
Laidlaw 
Farrell 
Payne 

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians squad 

Forwards: 
Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty) 
Tolu Fahamokioa (Wellington) 
Sam Anderson-Heather (Otago) 
Andrew Makalio (Tasman) 
Marcel Renata (Auckland) 
Oliver Jager (Canterbury) 
Keepa Mewett (Bay of Plenty) 
Joshua Goodhue (Northland) 
James Tucker (Waikato) 
Mitchell Dunshea (Canterbury) 
Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki) 
Matthew Matich (Northland) 
Peter Rowe (Wanganui) 

Backs: 
Jack Stratton (Canterbury) 
Richard Judd (Bay of Plenty) 
Bryn Gatland (North Harbour) 
Dwayne Sweeney (Waikato) 
Kaveinga Finau (Inga) (Canterbury) 
Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay) 
Sevuloni Reece (Waikato) 
Sam Vaka (Counties Manukau) 
Luteru Laulala (Counties Manukau) 
Junior Ngaluafe (Southland) 

So will be Gatland v Gatland