paddyor wrote:simonokeeffe wrote:paddyor wrote:I think Faletau is a cert to travel assuming he can prove his fitness. I also think the Welsh in the 6N will be a very different prospect than the Welsh in the Pro12/Europe/AIs.
Last Lions year Wales were muck in AIs but won 6n IIRC
Now theyre slowly realising its 1917 and what theyve been doing wont win them the war
I dont see Stander going, too many guys that can cover 6 like Itoje, Henderson, SOB
And the pro12 form of the regions is very 2012 at the moment. And yeah I know Faletau is no longer at a region. But they must know that if they have a good 6n and they're in a tight decision Gatland will likely give them the nod.
All Blacks nil wrote:it is perfectly natural and to be expected that a coach selects players with whom he is familiar.
Gatland would be entitled to go with a Welsh player if any 50/50 calls should arise. They will know his methods and his systems (at this stage don't we all) and he will likewise be familiar with their attributes.
However a lot of the Welsh players have a way to go to present Gatland with a 50/50 call.
Gatland went on record before the NZ - Ire match saying that good performances against New Zealand would obviously be beneficial to any Irish selection hopes, Hopefully Ireland can back up the Chicago win with another great win and/or display and each and every irish player should have a huge selectorial advantage over the Welsh and Scots in particular.
offshorerules wrote:It's curious how on Shelbyville the Munster fans have first found a way to suggest it shouldn't have been awarded to Heaslip as it was a team try and secondly slag McFadden off for nearly butchering it. Sad.
simonokeeffe wrote:paddyor wrote:And the pro12 form of the regions is very 2012 at the moment. And yeah I know Faletau is no longer at a region. But they must know that if they have a good 6n and they're in a tight decision Gatland will likely give them the nod.
think pro12 will count for very little, definitely less than Europe
Heaslip is for me the most complete No 8 ever to play for Ireland
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