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British and Irish Lions 2017 team if they were to face the All Blacks tomorrow

first_imgThursday Mar 12, 2015 British and Irish Lions 2017 team if they were to face the All Blacks tomorrow The historic, victorious 2013 Lions tour in Australia was one of the most memorable in recent history for any British or Irish rugby fan. The next challenge is the most demanding of all though, heading to New Zealand in 2017. With the Six Nations just past the half-way point, Oli takes a look at what the starting line-up would be, purely based on current form, if the Lions faced the All Blacks tomorrow.Probable British and Irish Lions 201715 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)14 Anthony Watson (England)13 Jonathan Joseph (England)12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)11 George North (Wales)10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)9 Conor Murray (Ireland)8 Taulupe Faletau (Wales)7 Sam Warburton (Wales)6 James Haskell (England)5 Paul O’Connell (Ireland)4 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)3 Mike Ross (Ireland)2 Ross Ford (Scotland)1 Gethin Jenkins (Wales)This team is based purely on current Six Nations form. Reasoning behind selections: FullBack: Leigh Halfpenny Stuart Hogg may find himself hard done-by after his consistently standout efforts for Scotland, and Mike Brown’s concussion rules him out. In terms of a reliable performer you can look no further than Leigh Halfpenny. An ever-present under the high ball and deadly kicking accuracy from the tee sees the Welshman nailed on for the 15 shirt. 16 points in the win over Scotland and 15 against France shows how important the 26-year-old is for Warren Gatland’s men.   Wingers: George North and Anthony Watson   George North hasn’t featured a huge amount after suffering concussion against England, but his return in Paris demonstrated why he would have to start with his sheer power, and he also became the youngest man to reach 50 caps at just 22.Anthony Watson’s introduction to Six Nations rugby couldn’t have gone much better. The 21-year-old scored with a fabulous finish against Wales, and despite moving to full-back early on against Italy still showed defensive discipline.   Centres: Jonathan Joseph and Robbie Henshaw   Jonathan Joseph set the Six Nations alight with his performances against Wales and Italy.  The footwork for his try in the win over Wales was special, and sheer pace shown with both scores versus Italy has made him one of the players of the tournament so far.Robbie Henshaw’s first try for Ireland was worth the wait, an NFL-style catch on the line proved the ability of the 21-year-old, and some huge defensive efforts have limited teams to just one try against the Irish so far.   Flyhalf: Jonathan Sexton  Perhaps the easiest decision in the entire team. You would have to go a long way to find a more in-form player in world rugby than Johnny Sexton at the moment. Almost faultless kicking accuracy from hand and the tee makes him stand out, but his organisation of the Irish defence has been hugely impressive, and if anyone was to doubt his commitment you only have to see his eye after the duel with Mathieu Bastareaud in the match with France. Scrumhalf: Conor Murray   Rhys Webb would be disappointed to be left out after his try against England and excellent dummy which led to Dan Biggar’s try in Paris, but the way that Conor Murray and Sexton have controlled matches would make them the perfect pair to start a Lions test. A trademark sniping try against Italy got them going in what was a tough match until then, and his kick for Henshaw’s try against England proved his kicking game is by far the best out of any of the other scrum-halves in the tournament.   Number Eight: Taulupe Faletau    Taulupe Faletau has been the stand-out number eight from the home nations in the tournament so far. His pick-up from the back of the scrum to set up Rhys Webb’s try against England showed his immense skill set, and the forward dominance against France was the main reason behind their crucial win in Paris.  Flankers: James Haskell & Sam Warburton   James Haskell’s return to form has been one of Stuart Lancaster’s main highlights so far in this years campaign. A man-of-the-match display in Cardiff where he was only denied a try by clattering into the post made his place in the English back-row alongside Chris Robshaw a certainty. Sam Warburton has been the catalyst for the Welsh comeback, which was summed up perfectly by Rob Howley: “When Sam plays well, Wales play well.”   Second-Row: Alun Wyn Jones & Paul O’Connell Alun Wyn Jones has been one of the huge positives for the Welsh despite that opening day defeat, and his work at the breakdown and in the line-out is as always faultless.You can’t get much better experience than these two in the second row. Paul O’Connell just seems to get better with age and the Ireland captain was monumental at the Aviva Stadium against England.   Hooker: Ross Ford The only Scottish influence in the squad, Scotland’s set-piece has been dominant but their discipline has let them down. Ross Ford has been integral in their line-out completion and also anchored the scrum to good effect in a team that has struggled for any confidence.   Props: Gethin Jenkins & Mike Ross Gethin Jenkins is not only a prop but his work at the breakdown virtually makes him like an extra flanker to the Welsh side. Hailed as one of the greatest of all time, he would certainly deserve a start after their crucial win in Paris. Mike Ross came in for criticism before the tournament, but the way that the Irish dismantled such a powerful England scrum shows that the 35-year-old is hitting form at just the right time.   Coach: Joe Schmidt Stuart Lancaster may have been early favourite after England’s win in Cardiff but Ireland’s recent form of 10 wins in a row means that Joe Schmidt’s side remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament. A tricky win in Rome was followed by convincing wins over France and England which means that they remain on course for their first Grand Slam since 2009. Schmidt will face off with fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland when Ireland travel to Cardiff in round four.Prediction: There’s no doubt that facing the world’s number one team in their own backyard is a daunting prospect, but on the current form shown by this side alone, they would pose a serious threat to the All Blacks. With the likes of Sexton leading an attacking back-line and the brutally physical pack, this team may well be the most likely to get the Lions’ first test win in New Zealand since the game turned professional in 1995.What do you think of this selection?  Who would your captain be? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below as we’d love to hear a few different opinions.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Brundidge narrows search for new Police Chief to three

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The search for a new police chief for the City of Brundidge has been narrowed to three applicants with the possibility of a decision being made within the next two or three days. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 8:13 pm Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Email the author Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img You Might Like Pike County Art Guild finding ways to cope with virus restrictions As the coronavirus continues, the Pike County Art Guild is “figuring” that art is a good way of coping with… read more Brundidge narrows search for new Police Chief to three Book Nook to reopen Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said the finalists are all outstanding candidates. The decision as to which candidate will serve the city as its police chief will be made in the best interest of the city and its citizens “Right now, that’s all that we can say about the process,” Boyd said.  “The interviews are done and it’s up to the interview panel to make the decision.”The newly appointed chief of police will follow in the footsteps of Moses Davenport who served the city as its chief of police for 25 years.  More than 20 applications for the position were received.  Eight applicants were interviewed in the first round. That number was narrowed to the three from which the chief will be named. Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Macron Assures Nigerian Youth on Basketball Devt

first_imgFemi SolajaFrench President, Emmanuel Macron, has assured Nigerians of his desire to assist the country with  the growth and development of basketball in the country.Macron who is on working visit to Nigeria was physically present at the official partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in Lagos  Wednesday.He said France’s inclusive public development bank is committed to financing and technical assistance for projects that will improve the lives of people in developing and emerging economies.The two bodies (NBA & AFD) announced their plan to jointly promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and conducting youth basketball programmes, events and initiatives in Nigeria, Côte d’ Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and other selected African countries.The formal announcement was made by the President of France at Lycee Francais Louis Pasteur School and also present at the event are AFD Chief Executive Officer, Remy Rioux and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA players, Olumide Oyedeji, Ronny Turiaf, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Obinna Ekezie,  Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema and the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer.The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate on and expand their mutual and longstanding commitment  in Africa by providing basketball equipment and training to youths and coaches and teaching life skills in selected African countries.They also plan to provide resources to local organisations and community leaders that focus on sustainable coaching, mentoring and leadership development.“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA in Africa because sport and sustainable development are a natural match.  Basketball is the second most popular sport on the continent and it can be a powerful driver for sustainability, addressing unmet needs in urban development, education and creating fresh opportunities for African youths,” the AFD Chief Executive Officer, Rioux remarked Wednesday.In his response, the NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Gallo Fall said, “we look forward to collaborating with AFD to scale up our existing efforts on the continent and to identify new opportunities to use the transformative power of basketball as a platform for youth empowerment across the continent,” he stated.The NBA has a long history of engagement in Africa with 12 African-born players featured on NBA rosters at the start of the 2017/18 season. There are more than 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Memorial Basketball, Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo of Democratic Republic of Congo. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more