Owen Farrell cut from Sam Warburton's latest Lions XV
Joining Lee McKenzie and Sean O’Brien on House of Rugby, the Welshman also picked seven compatriots in his side after their successful Guinness Six Nations.
Sexton shone in the final two rounds of the Championship, and though he will be 36 come the Test series, Warburton highlighted “his leadership, his experience,” saying “he’s the one guy I’d want him to steer that ship.”
Meanwhile, Farrell was not helped by England’s poor Six Nations, particularly in his head-to-head battle with Sexton at the Aviva Stadium (although he played most of the game at inside centre).
The 79-cap international did add that he does not mind who starts in the No10 jersey though. He said: “If I was still playing and I was in that Test team and there was Finn Russell, Sexton, Dan Biggar or Owen Farrell all picked at No10, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. I think we’re best at No10, I think it’s the one position I’m not worried about.”
One of the potential causes for England’s form is their large contingent of Saracens players, who are currently deprived of playing at the elite level of domestic and European rugby after their automatic relegation to the Greene King Championship IPA.
Sam Warburton’s Lions XV: Stuart Hogg (Scotland); Anthony Watson (England), George North (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales); Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Tomos Williams (Wales); Wyn Jones (Wales), Ken Owens (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland); Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales); Sam Underhill (England), Tom Curry (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales).
This XV is eye-watering for a second-tier match https://t.co/LTDuVUhWZR
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) April 9, 2021
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