After something of a hiatus on the blogging front, Calon Rugby is back. Let’s be honest, how could we not comment after that weekend of rugby? Now that the dust has settled somewhat after Wales’ destruction of England (still sounds sweet, mind) the focus has shifted to the British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia.
Many pundits are choosing their XV’s for the Test matches, but really, there is a hell of a lot of rugby to be played between now and the first Test in Brisbane. So while it is only right for journalists and fans to be heaping praise on Wales’ Six Nations heroes, to select a Test side crammed full of Welshmen is a fraction premature.
A good Lions squad has good balance about it, not just in terms of skill sets but personality and character too. Sir Clive Woodward’s fatal mistake in 2005 was splitting the (huge) squad into midweek and Test setups. Every player in Warren Gatland’s squad should get on that plane with a chance of starting the Test matches. If Gats gets it right, there will be a real competition for places in the team. Players will be busting a gut in training and tour games to earn the right to pull on the famous red jersey in a Test.
But still, the speculation over who will make it on the plane is half the fun, so we’ll be getting stuck in and picking our provisional squad of Wallaby-slayers too. Watch this space.