The risky decision by 'Clueless Warren' Lions fans are struggling to work out
By Rugby Onslaught

The risky decision by ‘Clueless Warren’ Lions fans are struggling to work out

Warren Gatland has named his British and Irish Lions squad to take on the Emirates Lions this Saturday, with 14 changes to the starting XV from the one that beat Japan at BT Murrayfield.

One decision that has been questioned by Lions fans online, and has piqued their interest at the same time, is the midfield combination of Scotland’s Finn Russell and England’s Owen Farrell. This 10-12 combination is one that was predicted going into the tour as Farrell provides kicking stability and strength, but now that it has been named fans are wondering how it will work.

This is not the first time Gatland has picked Farrell in the No12 shirt for the Lions, as he combined him with Johnny Sexton against the All Blacks in 2017. Those two worked well together, but Russell is so stylistically different to the Englishman that Lions fans are not sure that it will work. Then again, the point of the warm-up matches is to test these combinations.

What’s more, Farrell has combined with George Ford many times for England with great success. Ford is another player who likes to takes the ball to the line in the same way as Russell, albeit not as attacking, and has combined perfectly with Farrell.

Another take on this selection, specifically not picking Farrell as captain, is that the England skipper is not in Gatland’s plans currently to start in the first Test against South Africa. Lions fans are speculating that is the reason why Stuart Hogg is captaining the side instead.

If that is the case, it looks as though Dan Biggar is currently the front runner to start against the Springboks, as Russell would likely need a strong kicker like Farrell alongside him. But with plenty of matches before the first Test on July 24, a lot can change.