Lions Team for 1st Test
By tigersimon
June 18 2017

My squad for 1st Test (those in bold I think are certainties). Finally watched my 1st live game yesterday morning! 

15 Halfpenny - With Hogg out and Leigh' kicking not much debate 
14 Daly - North and Nowell have not shown test form so a little bit of a gamble. 
13 Davies - 75% certain Gatland will go with the Welshman but outside chance for JJ as he offers something different 
12 Te'o - has played himself into the inside centre test berth 
11 Watson - not seen a lot of ball but playing better than others. Gatland will no doubt pick North as he is Welsh. 

10 Farrell - if fit enough to train by Wednesday otherwise Sexton and get Owen fit for last 2 tests. 
9 Murray - best 9 in the tour party 

1 Mako - The only thing that could change this is he too good a finisher when teams tire that you start someone else and put him on the bench as an impact player. 
2 George - Not got the experience of Best or Owens but in better form. 
3 Furlong - Head says Furlong, heart Cole! 
4 Itoje - Argument about whether Maro or AWJ starts but would go with the Saracens combo. 
5 Kruis - best lock in the touring party. 
6 O'Mahony (c) - best flanker in squad. 
7 O'Brian - now match fit as proved today and in form. 
8 Stander - Needs a big game on Tuesday but IMO better than Faletau and gives an all Irish back row combination. 

Cole/Sinckler - Depends on what style Gatland wants on his bench 

Sexton/Russell - Finn will never get past Biggar in Gatland's eyes but should have been part of the original squad IMO and is test match fit!