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The RTÉ Panel Picked Their Lions Starting XV

The RTÉ Panel Picked Their Lions Starting XV
By PJ Browne Updated

After Ireland's win against England on Saturday evening, the RTÉ panel of Brent Pope, Eddie O'Sullivan and Shane Horgan picked their Lions XV for this summer's tour of New Zealand.

The effect which Lions selection had on Saturday's games should not be underestimated according to Shane Horgan, the former Ireland winger suggested it certainly affected both Irish and Welsh players.

The RTÉ Lions XV features six English players, four Irish, four Welsh and just one Scot.

Horgan said that he would have preferred Sam Warburton at openside. However, he was outvoted by Pope and O'Sullivan. Horgan also added that Warburton could yet be named Lions captain by Warren Gatland. That's despite not currently being Wales captain.

Eddie O'Sullivan believes Jonathan Joseph at outside centre is not up to the level required to face the All Blacks. He suggested even Jared Payne, for his defensive organisation skills, could play at 13.

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