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Post by littlejohn Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:02 pm

I'm beginning to see logic in Robbie Deans taking his players out of the S15 and club games v Lions. Seems we have a couple Lions players dropping out per week, with Bowe likely also flying home early with Bowe missing the at least the first test, adding to the casualty list:

Early Summer Holiday:
Jenkins
Healy

Looking Dodge but still in contention for first test
Roberts
North
BOD

May make second test or later
Bowe

Recovered
Kearney


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Post by red_stag Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:02 pm

Either Wade or Zebo.
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Post by BamBam Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:05 pm

What happened to Phillips??

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Post by ChequeredJersey Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:09 pm

Notice the number of Lions recently returned from injury now having injury issues.

Best of luck to them on recovery, but this was always a risk in this squad
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Post by Duty281 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:13 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/22827489

The injuries piling up now.

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Post by littlejohn Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:24 pm

BamBam wrote:What happened to Phillips??

His knee has flared up and was kept out of training a bit this week - heard it on talksport. Fingers crossed its just precautionary. Might need to add Tuilagi to the list as he banged up his shoulder during the reds game...

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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:24 pm

Absolutely gutted for Tommy because he's worked so hard to recover from his injury (and subsequent operation) last December to put himself in contention for the Lions in the first instance. It really meant a lot to him to be picked, and he wanted to be part of the team that won this series. However, from a fans point of view I was weary of him going anyway because I thought this tour would take its toll on him by the end of it. I was hoping that with so many player options, he wouldn't start games that much. I hope that this is a case of a bad thing happening for a good reason in the long run. Hopefully he come back at the start of next season fighting fit and raring to go again. If he does need an operation on his hand, it'll be his third op since April 2012. That 's crap for any player. I wish him all the luck in the world with his recovery.

As for his replacement, well... Zebo, Trimble or Visser would be my suggestions.

Any news on Tuilagi by the way? Looked like a serious shoulder injury when he was coming off?

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Post by 123456789 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:26 pm

I think it should be Wade, the idea of him on the hard grounds is incredible.

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Post by gleesonisgod Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:28 pm

Tuilagi is apparently fine ... just a 'stinger'.

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Post by wales606 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:31 pm

Visser is having a mare defensively at the moment

Zebo must be favourite if they need another winger
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Post by lostinwales Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:37 pm

Zebo must be the best bet as long as hes on form - but what of the chances of them picking Ashton? - Can you imagine what this place will be like....

An outside bet might be Foden. I dont think Wade has enough experience yet

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Post by madmaccas Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:40 pm

Would imagine it'll be one of these guys.

Visser was very unlucky not to tour. Top try scorer in the Rabo for the last 4 years running and has scored 6 tries in just 10 games for Scotland. The best finisher in the N. hemisphere but question marks remain over his defence.

Zebo would be a good bolter choice. Very exciting young talent but hasn't had a chance to push on following the great game against Wales due to injury. He was however said to be very unlucky not to tour by Gatland so will probably be the favourite to replace Bowe.

Ashton is the player fans love to hate but has a great scoring record. Unfortunately he's had a very off colour season and would be an outside bet at best.

Wade is talented attacker but probably too much of an unknown quantity for the coaches. Plus Gatland doesn't tend to favour small winger (Shane the exception to the rule).

Trimble could be in with a shout but hasn't had the biggest season with few chances to impress having not played for Ireland since the Autumn.


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Post by littlejohn Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:41 pm

This must give Maitland a great chance to start now. Cuthburt doesn't seem to have found his 6N form and North is a cert.

Shame to have lost Bowe - well its pretty much confirmed now - he was looking very sharp.

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Post by LondonTiger Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:44 pm

With Gatland/Howley/Farrell preferring big wingers only his defence counts against Visser. Trimble really could be a good outside bet.

Sean Lamont is pretty big as well. Run

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Post by majesticimperialman Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:45 pm

How is Tualaghi doing? Did he not go off with a shoulder injury?

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Post by jimmyinthewell68 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:55 pm

what about liam Williams covering full back and wing

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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 2:59 pm

majesticimperialman wrote:How is Tualaghi doing? Did he not go off with a shoulder injury?

From BBC Sport:

Gatland played down concerns over centre Manu Tuilagi, who came off after just 20 minutes at the Suncorp Stadium. "He is fine. He just got a bit of a 'stinger' [in his shoulder]," he said. "He lost a bit of feeling in his arm, but it is coming back."

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Post by Mr Bounce Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:00 pm

If Ashton gets called up I am not going to watch. If Visser's defensively dodgy, what the hell is Ashton? If it's between these two then Visser by miles.

I would think Zebo has to be in the mix too.

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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:04 pm

Mr Bounce wrote:If Ashton gets called up I am not going to watch. If Visser's defensively dodgy, what the hell is Ashton? If it's between these two then Visser by miles.

I would think Zebo has to be in the mix too.

If Ashton got called up, they'd have to be barrel scraping...

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Post by Cyril Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:07 pm

Cari wrote:
Mr Bounce wrote:If Ashton gets called up I am not going to watch. If Visser's defensively dodgy, what the hell is Ashton? If it's between these two then Visser by miles.

I would think Zebo has to be in the mix too.

If Ashton got called up, they'd have to be barrel scraping...
No winger's defence is currently as bad as Cuthbert's though. He is a dreadful defender.

Zebo or Wade. No doubt Gatland will go for a bosh merchant though.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:08 pm

Cyril on 606v2 wrote:
Cari wrote:
Mr Bounce wrote:If Ashton gets called up I am not going to watch. If Visser's defensively dodgy, what the hell is Ashton? If it's between these two then Visser by miles.

I would think Zebo has to be in the mix too.

If Ashton got called up, they'd have to be barrel scraping...
No winger's defence is currently as bad as Cuthbert's though. He is a dreadful defender.

Ashton's is pretty close...
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Post by wales606 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:09 pm

ChequeredJersey wrote:
Cyril on 606v2 wrote:
Cari wrote:
Mr Bounce wrote:If Ashton gets called up I am not going to watch. If Visser's defensively dodgy, what the hell is Ashton? If it's between these two then Visser by miles.

I would think Zebo has to be in the mix too.

If Ashton got called up, they'd have to be barrel scraping...
No winger's defence is currently as bad as Cuthbert's though. He is a dreadful defender.

Ashton's is pretty close...

Ashton's is worse
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Post by Rory_Gallagher Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:09 pm

Andrew Trimble.

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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 3:10 pm

Apparently Bowe coming home was confirmed after the Scotland game? (I wasn't watching it...)

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Post by red_stag Sat 08 Jun 2013, 7:00 pm

Could Mike Brown come into the equation?
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Post by prop_lyd Sat 08 Jun 2013, 7:40 pm

I feel Brown would only go out if there was an injury to a fullback, think he'd be lost on the wing against Australia personally
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Post by ChequeredJersey Sat 08 Jun 2013, 8:24 pm

prop_lyd wrote:I feel Brown would only go out if there was an injury to a fullback, think he'd be lost on the wing against Australia personally

This is true
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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 8:36 pm

Here, what's the latest on Chilli? I heard he may be coming home, but nothing since...good news...?

Ulster Rugby saying that the Lions Press Office haven't confirmed anything on the Bowe injury, although the IRFU have on their site. Rolling Eyes

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Post by yappysnap Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:05 pm

Read a couple of days ago that Brown was next on the list if Kearney went down injured (not sure how true that was though, it was on Twitter). So he could potentially go now if they feel they don't need another wing and there are still worries about Kearney.

But to be honest I expect a 10 cover to go out, depressingly Hook but I hope Madigan.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:06 pm

I'd rather Brown stayed with England
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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:07 pm

I can't see Hook getting picked anyway, but would he be allowed when he's already played against the Lions?

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Post by wales606 Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:11 pm

Cari wrote:I can't see Hook getting picked anyway, but would he be allowed when he's already played against the Lions?

Why is that a problem?
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Post by Cari Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:13 pm

I'm not saying it's a problem, I'm just not sure it's been done before - someone playing against the Lions then playing for them on the same tour - I may be wrong.

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Post by glamorganalun Sat 08 Jun 2013, 9:15 pm

At least the Ospreys are not picking up the cost to Bowes injury again. Shame Bowe is injured great player, I don't think we need cover for wing, 1/2 Penny is probablly the best wing avvailable, I would bring in Bryne as FB cover or even Hook also covering 10.


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Post by R!skysports Sat 08 Jun 2013, 11:08 pm

Not sure who will go but prober boy zebo

One thing I would like to point out is vissers defence is not nearly as bad as being mentioned.

The last 3 6 nations game he did not miss a tackle and actually was very strong in defence.

Strange how media words become gospel


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Post by littlejohn Sun 09 Jun 2013, 10:17 am

So Zebo is over and by picking an out and out winger to replace Bowe this has confirmed one big thing - Gatland and co are acknowledge depth/form at wing is a problem and 14 has been the weak spot in terms of form.

North needs to be wrapped in wool and Zebo could end up a real bolter if he starts mid-week!

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Post by t1000advancedprototype Sun 09 Jun 2013, 10:26 am

If Bowe is injured in the first test don't be surprised if Tuilagi is on the wing with North. Gatland wouldn't wanna risk Cuthbert's defence and imagine those wings coming in looking for work.

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Post by Artful_Dodger Sun 09 Jun 2013, 10:28 am

The word now is that Bowe could be back in 2 weeks for the tests against Australia.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/22827489

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Post by Cari Sun 09 Jun 2013, 12:01 pm

Yay! I knew it! The media jumped on Gatland's post match interview yesterday and started saying Tommy was coming home for definite - even the IRFU said so. Ulster wouldn't confirm it though because they said the Lions Press Office wouldn't comment on it yet. Apparently T's had a minor op to reset a fracture or something in his hand. Hopefully it's not as bad as we feared. Fingers Crossed

Good news for Zebo though, and I hope he enjoys the tour.

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Post by littlejohn Sat 15 Jun 2013, 3:46 pm

Roberts didn't look happy coming off against Waratahs - Fingers crossed its only a minor knock. 

Anyone know the situation on George North? Are they just wrapping him in cotton wool for the first test?

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