Key Lions head to heads and readers' XV

Key Lions head to heads and readers' XV

Both sides for the first British and Irish Lions Test against South Africa may already have been named, but the debate rages on. Whether or not Warren Gatland has made the right calls will be revealed on Saturday and the Lions head coach himself admitted it was the hardest Test selection he had ever been involved with. More than 80,000 BBC Sport readers picked their Lions starting XV and their selection differed from Gatland in five areas. Here, we take a closer look at what Gatland's choices in those positions were and who they will be up against on Saturday. British and Irish Lions to face South Africa: Hogg; A Watson, Daly, Henshaw, Van Der Merwe; Biggar, Price; W Jones, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, AW Jones (capt), Lawes, Curry, Conan. Replacements: Owens, Sutherland, Sinckler, Beirne, H Watson, Murray, Farrell, L Williams. BBC Sport readers' Lions XV: Williams; A Watson, Daly, Henshaw, Adams; Biggar, Murray; W Jones, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, AW Jones, Beirne, Curry, Faletau. - Captain Jones on "surreal" Lions return - Fitness and squad depth will be decisive - Gatland …
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