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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Richard Hill playing against BOP in Rotorua, 2005. COPYRIGHT: FOTOSPORT/MATT IMPEY

6. Lawrence Dallaglio

Blindside Flanker 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Tom Smith, 2. Keith Wood, 3. Phil Vickery, 4. Martin Johnson (c), 5. Paul O’Connell, 6. Lawrence Dallaglio, 7. Richard Hill, 8. Jamie Heaslip, 9. Matt Dawson, 10. Jonny Wilkinson, 11. George North, 12. Jeremy Guscott, 13. Brian O’Driscoll, 14. Tommy Bowe, 15. Jason Robinson

Photos: www.photosport.nz

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