Preview: Brumbies v B & I Lions

Christian Wade and Shane Williams
Christian Wade and Shane Williams

 

Date: Tuesday, June 18
Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 9.30pm FJ Time

Six of the Lions’ starting XV that will face the Brumbies on Tuesday not being in the original 37 sums up what has been a tough run for the tourists.

Ryan Grant, Rory Best, Shane Williams, Billy Twelvetrees, Brad Barritt and Christian Wade are those in question for the last game pre-Brisbane.

Concern remains over a few probable starters for the first Test against the Wallabies, notably Jamie Roberts, Manu Tuilagi and George North. But the Lions aren’t in dire straits just yet and it’s not like Australia has a clean bill of health – flanks Scott Higginbotham and David Pocock we sympathise.

With this Tuesday selection though comes the feeling that the Test team is wrapped in cotton wool and only a training field mishap (sorry) would change Warren Gatland’s thinking ahead of Saturday. Currently it looks like being eight Welsh, four Irish and three English running out in the XV.

– Planet Rugby