Over the last two weeks, we have been putting in our two cents worth around the make-up of a Lions First XV from the professional era.
The following is a photographic journey of this two cent investment; sit back, enjoy, and let us know what you think…
15. Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson causing issues for a young Ma’a Nonu and the rest of the Wellington defence. Photo:Andrew Cornaga/PHOTOSPORT 14. Tommy Bowe
Tommy Bowe breaking tackles against the Springboks in Durban. Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan 13. Brian O’Driscoll
Brian O’Driscoll telling them how it is. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan 12. Jeremy Guscott
Eyes up, ball in two hands, hips swivelled; you just know this pass is going to the right place. Guscott, a picture of perfect execution. COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/DAVID GIBSON 11. George North
George North and that famous incident with Israel Folau. © Sport the library/Jeff Crow 10. Jonny Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson kicks the game-tieing penalty during the Lions pre-tour Test against Agentina played at the Millennium Stadium. The game finished 25-25. Photo: Steve Bardens/actionplus 9. Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson during the match between NSW and the British & Irish Lions. PHOTO: PHOTOSPORT 8. Jamie Heaslip
Jamie Heaslip leading from the front against the NSW Waratahs tour match. Photo Clay Cross / photosport.co.nz 7. Richard Hill
Richard Hill playing against BOP in Rotorua, 2005. COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/MATT IMPEY 6. Lawrence Dallaglio
Lawrence Dallaglio makes an early break during the British and Irish Lions v Bay of Plenty rugby match at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand on Saturday 04 June, 2005. The Lions won 34-20. Photo: Fotosport/PHOTOSPORT 5. Paul O’Connell
Paul O’Connell about to take on South Africa’s ‘The Beast’ Tendai and John Smit during the first test in Durban. Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland 4. Martin Johnson (c)
Martin Johnson dominates a lineout against Australia at the Gabba. PHOTO: Fotosport/Photosport 3. Phil Vickery
Phil Vickery taking on Victor Matfield in the 3rd Test. © Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos. co. uk 2. Keith Wood
Keith Wood prepares to battle the Aussies, this time in Melbourne. PHOTO: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport 1. Tom Smith
Loose-head prop Tom Smith prepares to lock horns with the Aussies in Brisbane. Next to him are his old front-row pals Keith Wood and Phil Vickery (head gear). He is the first selection in our First XV. PHOTO: Fotosport/David Gibson/Photosport
If you want to see the reasoning behind the selection of a specific player, you can do so here: 1.
, 2. Tom Smith , 3. Keith Wood , 4. Phil Vickery (c), 5. Martin Johnson , 6. Paul O’Connell , 7. Lawrence Dallaglio , 8. Richard Hill , 9. Jamie Heaslip , 10. Matt Dawson , 11. Jonny Wilkinson , 12. George North , 13. Jeremy Guscott , 14. Brian O’Driscoll , 15. Tommy Bowe Jason Robinson
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