Warren Gatland & Mako Vunipola
Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer and the current head coach of the Wales national team. Mako Vunipola (born 13 January 1991) is a New Zealand born English rugby union player. He plays at Prop for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership./5
Warren Gatland Mako Vunipola Alex Corbisiero Irish Lions Alex Cuthbert Mike Phillips Sean Maitland Dan Lydiate Ryan Grant Richie Gray Adam Jones Richard Hibbard Jonathan Davies Stuart Hogg Tommy Bowe Toby Faletau Hong Kong Ben Youngs Justin Tipuric Tom Croft
Warren Gatland 😢 given Lions injury scare as Mako Vunipola limps off in Saracens win over Quins.
Lions Squad Analysis for 2nd Test Posted on Jun 27, 2013 The old adage goes that ‘you should never change a winning team’ but clearly this message has been lost on Warren Gatland, who has made five changes to his test XV ahead of the second test on Saturday. In the forwards, Mako Vunipola and Geoff Parling have replaced Alex Corbisiero and Paul O’Connell, both of whom are injured, and Tom Croft, who drops to the bench, has been replaced by Dan Lydiate. In the backs, Ben Youngs and the fit-again Tommy Bowe are preferred to Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert, with the winger dropping to the bench at the expense of Sean Maitland. Vunipola was unlucky to miss out on a starting role in the first test after his imperious form in the warm-up games, but ultimately the decision to opt for Corbisiero, a more proficient scrummager, proved to be the right call. The question now is whether or not Gatland should have selected Ryan Grant, who takes his place on the bench, ahead of Vunipola, with the latter resuming h ...
Warren Gatland has picked his Lions XV. England prop Alex Corbisiero was the surprise inclusion in the British and Irish Lions team named for Saturday's opening Test against Australia.Mako Vunipola was expected to start at loosehead having impressed on the tour to date, but he must settle for a plac...
Ryan Grant to be called on for Melbourne Test? Posted on Jun 26, 2013 Lions coach Warren Gatland has food for thought after Ryan Grant’s solid performance yesterday against the Melbourne Rebels– making it unclear whether Mako Vunipola will be first choice for the loosehead prop shirt. Mako Vunipola was, for many, the natural replacement for injured Alex Corbisiero but after the Lions’ scrum dissolved just after half-time in the first Test with the replacement front-row coming on, the Lions head coach might need to rethink. Many of the ‘second string’, including Sean O’Brien and Manu Tuilagi, laid a marker down in yesterday’s 35-0 win and in the engine room Grant stated his case for inclusion. The man from Fife scrummaged well – albeit against less testing opposition – and if Gatland is picking his second Test side for the same reasons as the first, then Grant’s performance at the set piece would merit his inclusion over Vunipola. Grant also impressed in open play, carrying the ball fiv ...
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland revealed that Alex Corbisiero's superior scrummaging resulted in his selection ahead of Mako Vunipola for Saturday's opening Test against Australia.
Lions: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, B O'Driscoll, J Davies, G North; J Sexton, M Phillips; A Corbisiero, T Youngs, A Jones; AW Jones, P O'Connell; T Croft, S Warburton (c), J Heaslip. Reps: R Hibbard, M Vunipola, D Cole, G Parling, D Lydiate, B Youngs, O Farrell, S Maitland. Eight Welsh players will be in the Lions first Test starting line-up to face Australia on Saturday, after Warren Gatland revealed his picks earlier today. Sam Waburton will captain the side in the No.7 jersey and he is joined by full-back Leigh Halfpenny, wings Alex Cuthbert and George North, centre Jonathan Davies, scrum-half Mike Phillips, second row Alun Wyn Jones and prop Adam Jones. The only surprise was the inclusion of Englishman Alex Corbisiero at loosehead, Mako Vunipola having been expected to get the nod butu having to make do with a place on the bench. That's the situation too for hooker Richard Hibbard, who has lost out to in-form Tom Youngs for the No.2 jersey. Hibbard and blindside Dan Lydiate are the Welshmen among the rep ...
Warren Gatland has selected 11 Welshmen in his squad to face the BarbariansWales will dominate the opening match of the 2013 British & Irish Lions with nine players selected to start against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Centre pair Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies continue their winning Test partnership in midfield alongside Six Nations try hero Alex Cuthbert. Three Ospreys forwards will start at Hong Kong Stadium including front-row pair Adam Jones and Richard Hibbard as well as flanker Justin Tipuric who gets the nod after tour captain Sam Warburton was ruled out with a knee injury. Tipuric lines up between Newport Gwent Dragons pair Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau in an all-Wales back-row in front of scrum-half Mike Phillips. The veteran Test number nine will provide crucial experience for half-back partner Owen Farrell who is joined by Saracens team-mate Mako Vunipola. Scotland's trio of tourists, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Richie Gray all start while 2009 captain Paul O'Connell will lead the team i ...
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