Monday, June 03, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Hong Kong

The Lions had a good win against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, and a busy week leading up to it. The first of the HSBC Lions Weekly segments takes us behind the scenes, including an interview with Brian O'Driscoll, and post match feedback from two legends.

Throughout the tour we'll be featuring regular Lions Weekly slots, which will cover all the news, views and off field goings on of the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Hong Kong and Australia.

Gareth Edwards and Martin Johnson did some youth coaching during the week, then after the game, they share their thoughts on what went down in Hong Kong.

Western Force fixture - Wednesday 5 June, 18:00 / 11:00 BST

Brian O'Driscoll chatted to Edwards about his fourth Lions tour, and today it was announced that he will captain the side that will face the Western Force in Perth on Wednesday.

The starting XV won't include any of the players that started against the Barbarians.

"There were a lot of positives to come out of the first match in Hong Kong," said Warren Gatland.

"Our fitness and application were excellent and we operated well in the set pieces. That said, it was our first match and naturally we were a bit rusty, and there is definitely room for improvement.

"With Brian at the helm you can be sure they will be ready to emulate the victory against the Barbarians. This is his fourth Lions tour and he is a respected leader."

Lions team vs Western Force

15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Tommy Bowe, 13. Brian O'Driscoll, 12. Manu Tuilagi,
11. George North, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Conor Murray,
Forwards: 1. Cian Healy, 2. Rory Best, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Alun Wyn Jones, 5. Ian Evans,
6. Tom Croft, 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip,
Reserves: 16. Tom Youngs, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Geoff Parling,
20. Toby Faletau, 21. Ben Youngs, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Sean Maitland

Posted by Rugbydump at 7:59 am | View Comments (4)

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brawnybalboa June 03, 2013 6:41 pm

Looking forward to seeing the Tuilagi, O'Driscoll centre partnership! It shall be interesting to watch. I wonder who will be the nominated kicker? Halfpenny or Sexton?

For those wondering, the players who after this game still need to be in match day squad:


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UpTheLowEnd June 04, 2013 5:34 pm

Parling is in the match day squad, just Jenkins, Warburton and Kearney not in one.

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TotesMcGoates June 05, 2013 3:04 am

Pretty average looking Force side to play the Lions; there are quite a few debutantes making appearances. Expect a large score in favour of the tourists on this one.

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DrG June 05, 2013 12:58 pm

I'm with Martin Johnson on this one, the squad seems so unbelievably uncertain at this point.

I'm not trying to cause offence, but I am just unsure whether that is to do with the squad being amazing from 1 to 15, or whether they're all equally as "ok" as each other.. (Not all, but some)..

I definitely think the Lions could take this series. Especially if Pocock doesn't play...

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