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# big calls
Open thread: Pick your Lions team for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks
Warren Gatland names his starting XV later.

WARREN GATLAND WILL name his team for the first Test against the All Blacks at 8pm Irish time this evening, and the Lions head coach will no doubt have made some tough calls in selecting his matchday squad.

After yesterday’s victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton, Gatland and his coaches will have sat down and had a couple of interesting meetings before deciding on a final XV for Saturday’s clash at Eden Park.

While the selection picture has become a lot clearer in the last 10 days or so, Gatland could still go a number of ways in several positions including second row, back row, midfield and the left wing.

On yesterday’s The42 Rugby Show, Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey picked the teams they expect Gatland to name and now we’re looking for you to have your say.



Owen Farrell or Johnny Sexton? George North or Elliot Daly? Maro Itoje or Alun Wyn Jones?

Let us know your Lions team for Saturday’s first Test against the All Blacks in the comments section below.

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