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Wales and Ireland make up just 4 picks in Will Greenwood's 2021 Lions XV

England players dominate Will Greenwood’s latest Lions team to tour South Africa in 2021 – if they were to play tomorrow.

The Sky Sport’s pundit does however find room for a relatively even spread of Scots, Irish and Welsh players.

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His selection includes eight Englishmen, three Scots, two Welsh and two Irish players – in a form theoretical fifteen for the 2021 Lions tour.

Maybe the most controversial selection is that of Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes at 12. Last week Greenwood tipped Nick Tompkins to make the team, but the Saracens’ centre have apparently fallen out of the running, to be replaced by the durable Parkes, with Manu Tuilagi outside him.

In the pack there is no room for Welsh skipper Alun Wyn Jones, with England’s Maro Itoje and Ireland’s James Ryan lining out together in one of the most eagerly anticipated British and Irish Lions engine room partnerships for some years.

Glasgow’s Ali Price and Saracens’ Owen Farrell make up the halfback pairing, with Exeter Chief Stuart Hogg, Leicester’s Jonny May and Saracen Elliot Daly forming a fast-paced back three combination.

The front row sees in form Rory Sutherland join England’s Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler. Greenwood plumped for Sale Shark Tom Curry at blindside, Osprey’s Justin Tipuric at openside and Munster’s CJ Stander at No.8.

WILL GREENWOOD’S 2021 LIONS XV:

Stuart Hogg
Jonny May
Manu Tuilagi
Hadleigh Parkes
Elliot Daly
Owen Farrell
Ali Price
Rory Sutherland
Jamie George
Kyle Sinckler
Maro Itoje
James Ryan
Tom Curry
Justin Tipuric
CJ Stander

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Wales and Ireland make up just 4 picks in Will Greenwood's 2021 Lions XV
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