Warren Gatland & Manu Tuilagi
Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer and the current head coach of the Wales national team. Manu Samoa Tuilagi (born 18 May 1991) is a Samoan born English professional rugby union player who currently plays for Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers./5
Warren Gatland Manu Tuilagi Jamie Roberts George North Irish Lions Shane Williams Brad Barritt Christian Wade Simon Zebo Billy Twelvetrees Ryan Grant Alex Corbisiero Mako Vunipola Jonathan Davies Brad Smith Tommy Bowe
Manu Tuilagi on the bench for sat. Better than nothing hope he gets some game time.
I think Warren Gatland needs to man up and bring Manu Tuilagi into next weekends starting line up.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has made five changes to his side to face the Wallabies on Saturday night.
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 ...
In a move that surprised the rugby world, veteran Welsh winger Shane Williams has been added to the British and Irish Lions squad. The 36 year old former World Player of the Year was due to work as a radio pundit an the 1st test against Australia this weekend but has changed his plans after receiving the call up. Lions coach Warren Gatland confirmed that Williams will play against the ACT Brumbies on Tuesday then leave the camp on Wednesday. Williams, who has been playing 2nd tier rugby in Japan with Mitsubishi Dynabours, is 1 of 3 players called up with English backs Brad Barritt and Christian Wade also named to play against the Brumbies. Irishman Rory Best will captain the side which also features Sean O'Brien and Robert Kearney, making his 1st start of the tour, while Simon Zebo is named amongst the replacements. Billy Twelvetrees, who only arrived in Australia on Friday, will line up at inside centre with George North, Jamie Roberts, Tommy Bowe and Manu Tuilagi all battling injuries of varying degrees ...
Injuries mounting up for the Lions!!! Jamie Roberts became the latest British & Irish Lions threequarter to pick up an injury when he hobbled out of the 47-17 win over the HSBC Waratahs in Sydney. The 2009 Test Lion had to leave the field with six minutes left to play after damaging his right leg. He will have the injury scanned today. "We will get Jamie scanned on Sunday. The medics thought it might have been a hamstring, but he said he has never pulled a hamstring before, so he is not kind of sure. It is fingers crossed it might not be that," said head coach Warren Gatland. The Lions have already had injury concerns in the past week over centres Brian O'Driscoll and Manu Tuilagi, while George North has been nursing a hamstring tweak - not what the coach needs or wants a week out from the first Test. "Manu trained on Friday and his shoulder is still a bit sore. George's hamstring is still a bit tight and so we are still progressing with them with the medics," said Gatland. "Our hope is that both of them ...
The Lions tour continues apace, with just 11 days, and two more warm-up games, left for Warren Gatland and his coaches to finalise their selection of the fifteen that will take the field in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the first Test against Australia.
Gatland’s central dilemma Posted on Jun 3, 2013 The midfield is the most competitive area of this Lions squad, as Warren Gatland has the luxury of four outstanding centres from which to choose. Jamie Roberts, Brian O’Driscoll, Manu Tuilagi and Jonathan Davies all offer very different skill sets, and it is crucial that every one of them is used by Gatland throughout both the midweek and Test matches sensibly so as to get the best out of each. Arguably, all four could lay down a claim to be deserving of a starting spot for the Test side, and it is very difficult to see how it is going to be decided. There is one player, however, that is nailed on to start if fit. Gatland loves Roberts – he is a natural leader predominantly through his consistent and intelligent decision making. He constantly gets across the gain line from first phase possession, and is the defensive captain for a Welsh team that has shown itself to be one of the most organised in this regard anywhere in the world. Add this to the fact ...
If I was Warren Gatland, I would pick Manu Tuilagi for the Lions team just because I wouldn't want to say no to him.
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