We examine the contemporaries for the half-back positions of the British and Irish Lions in 2021, and Warren Gottland is one-and-a-half ahead of his squad announcement.
Connor Murray (Munster and Ireland; Test picks: 94; British and Irish Lions tours: 2013, 2017)
With the Lions Test sequence-half for three Tests in New Zealand four years ago, the consistency of Murray’s performance has been a bit weak over the years.
The extraordinary 2018 was followed by mixed campaigns in 2019 and 2020, with an injury in 2021 threatening to ruin his Lions chances. Until Murray returns to play against England in the fifth round of the Six Nations, the old behavior remains the same. I.e., actually world-class scrum-half.
Scrum-Half is an area that will not destroy Gotland for the election this time around, with Murray twice winning for Munster in Leinster last time out, and the Limerick man should definitely be in the game.
Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues & Wales; try out caps: 21)
Due to injuries, no player has been locked out of the Wales squash-half position, with Williams, Gareth Davis and Kieran Hardy all claiming new shirts in the near future before retiring.
However, Williams became a sharp, nippy, intelligent scrum-half, and at one point he became a favorite to claim the Lions Test spot.
His skills should get him on the plane, from where he will be impressed with his performances at Lions Red.
Kieran Hardy (Scarlett and Wales; Test range: 4)
The 25-year-old is a little concerned that he has only four Test selections so far, given Hardy’s 2021 Six Nations exhibits and the lack of scrum-half options.
After losing a place to Wales in the first round of the Six Nations against Ireland (Williams and Davis were selected), Williams ‘injury saw the Hardy bench for Wales’ victory over Scotland, the storm with the best display before starting the Test against England.
Owen Farrell (Saracens and England; Essays: 97; British and Irish Lions Tours: 2013, 2017)
Four years ago, the Lions started the first half of the trial against the Farrell All Blacks, and were able to draw a strike as the tourists bounced back from the loss before moving into the center for the next two Tests.
Gatland’s choice to deploy the 29 – year – old to South Africa is in the air, but Farrell has the ability to excel in 10 or 12 jerseys for the Lions, thanks to his playing ability, defense and excellent kicks. Thursday
In any case, Farrell will be an integral part of the Lions’ plans that one imagines.
Johnny Sexton (Leinster and Ireland; Test range: 105; British and Irish Lions tours: 2013, 2017)
In the Lions’ last two tours, Sexton have won six Test caps – five of which began with the Invitational team winning the series in Australia and then a draw in Nova.
On July 36, Sexton shows some signs of slowing the pitch, and his performance in the 2021 Six Nations, especially against Scotland and England, still shows.
At the time of writing, Sexton has come to a conclusion that is worrying, but the Irish captain has performed well enough in terms of ability.
Dan Bigar (Northampton Saints and Wales; Test picks: 91; British and Irish Lions tours: 2017)
One man who once wrote seems to be playing consistently in Wales and Lions films, and Bigger’s performances over the next few weeks seem to have earned him a place on the team.
Unable to land a Test cap on the 2017 tour, the 31-year-old hopes to make Farrell and Sexton even more upset this time around.
At the national level, Bristol’s time under the intense pressure of the Sheds, Bigger’s punching play, aerial work and courage on the pitch deserve praise. Sam Warburton, Stuart Barnes and Northampton head coach Chris Boyd last week described Bigger as the Lions 10 Test.
Finn Russell (Racing 92 and Scotland; Test picks: 51)
For the most part in the last two seasons, Mercury Russell of Racing 92 is considered by many to be the Lion of the 10s. However, that description seems to be changing in 2021 in six countries and beyond.
Russell, who missed the 2017 Lions tour, was called up late to the infamous and controversial Geography Six, but had very little participation. There is talk that he will be lost again, given his unpredictable behavior on the pitch.
After their first win at Twickenham since 1983, Scotland’s performance in 2021 was reduced to that of Ireland and Wales. It doesn’t help Russell’s cause. Is Russell, who was incredibly brilliant at the time but capable of costing a game, at risk in Gatland’s view?