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Lions 2017: Who Should Start In Midfield For The All Blacks Tests?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham London 27/2/2016 England vs Ireland England’s Owen Farrell and Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Lions partnerships and working combinations will all come under scrutiny over the coming weeks. And one of the most pivotal areas, the 10/12/13 Lions midfield axis, is an exciting one to cast our eye over first.  Owen Farrell should start the first Test at fly-half. His vision, playmaking ability and accurate goal kicking will be invaluable. Victorious in the Champions Cup …

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Why Jared Payne Should Be In Warren Gatland’s Lions Squad

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Jared Payne of Ulster (L) and Harry Williams (R) of Exeter Chiefs during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ireland back Jared Payne has a solid chance of being named in the Lions squad. With a possible five centres and two fullbacks set to travel, the versatile Kiwi should be on head coach Warren Gatland’s radar. For the 2013 tour of Australia, Gatland brought four set centres, with another two brought in for backline cover. If he sticks to …

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