- The make-up of the squad isn't a million miles away from the squad I predicted.
- Of particular interest are:
Bolts from the blue: (a) Keith Earls (Keith who?); (b) Alan Quinlan (better than Tom Croft? I think not); and (c) Leigh ½p.
Lucky blighters: (a) Shane Williams and (b) Andy Powell. Selected on form? My arse!
Sick as a parrot: (a) Tom Croft - made for the hard grounds of South Africa; (b) Delon Armitage - FAR more ability than Ugo Monye, for instance; (c) Ryan Jones - dumped on from a height by the Welsh management team; and (d) Scotland.
- In reality, of course, the squad announced is unlikely to be the squad that travels to South Africa - there's much rugby to be played in the next few weeks and the intensity of the latter stages of the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup is likely to throw up an injury or two.
- Even if this squad does travel to South Africa, how long before the victims of fired-up Boers - intent on wrecking the tourists' test chances - begin to trickle back to the UK on stretchers? Those on the reserve list may as well set up camp in the Heathrow departure lounge.
- In any event, no matter what team the Lions are able to field, the chances of success for what is essentially a scratch team against the World Champions in their own backyard is negligible. Why, then, am I so psyched up about this tour?
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
And so, as the dust settles on the announcement of the Irish Lions squad it's time to reflect on the fact that: