After the success of England’s Autumn Series at Twickenham, FCapitalSport picks four Englishmen (three of whom call London their home) who should be shoe-ins to start for the Lions against New Zealand on the 24th June.
Not only did the Bath man bag four tries, his defence came on leaps an bounds over the course of the series and he now has a world-class all-round game. On top of his flawless defence, he has a great skill-set, great feet, and terrific pace. A player that the All Blacks will have to pay extra attention to.
While he may not look particularly athletic, he has the best hands of any prop in the Northern Hemisphere and is a real handful going forward. While his scrummaging still needs work, Mako is getting closer and closer to becoming the world’s best prop forward.
Even though he was not at full fitness, Farrell contribution to England’s cause was immeasurable. His goal kicking under pressure situations is phenomenal and while Leigh Halfpenny may well be first choice kicker, Farrell will push him close for that role. However it is his leadership, aggression and determination which makes him absolutely indispensable to the Lions.
Despite only playing in two of England’s tests having just come back from injury, Kruis played at an exceptionally high level. Supremely physical, Kruis is also an expert come line-out time. The work he will have put in under the tutorship of Steve Borthwick at both club and international level has surely paid off and he should be one of the first names one the Lion’s team sheet.
By Charles Dew