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.
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.
Greenwood's 2021 British & Irish Lions XV ?
With the 2021 British and Irish Lions ? tour to South Africa now edging closer, @WillGreenwood selects his XV were they to play this weekend.
— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) March 26, 2020
WILL GREENWOOD’S 2021 LIONS XV:
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