A Lions Dream Team…

Rugby supporters love to debate their 'Dream Teams' and in  The Greatest Lions XV Ever, former rugby union & league star Jonathan Davies tackles that most contentious and challenging of questions: who are the fifteen best players to have represented the British & Irish Lions?


It is on Lions tours – to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – that lasting reputations are forged in the heat of battle. It is where good players become great players. But who are the greatest of the great? Was Willie John McBride better than Martin Johnson? Was Barry John better than Jonny Wilkinson? Was anyone better than Gareth Edwards?

As incisive and decisive as he was on the pitch, Jonathan Davies has the answer to all these questions and more in his new book.  The Greatest Lions XV Ever  is the latest title in a bestselling series by Gomer Press.

Jonathan Davies admits that one of his major regrets is that "I never played for the Lions. Much as I enjoyed playing rugby league, there is something special about being a British Lion. The camaraderie which exists when the home countries come together as a team is unique and I sincerely hope this institution continues into the future and goes from strength to strength."

Jonathan adds "Not having played for the Lions may lend a greater objectivity to my selections in this book. This is my team based on individual performances and ultimate success achieved in a Lions jersey. It is not a team of the best players. If I had to select a Greatest Ever XV from the four home nations then Brian O'Driscoll and Martin Johnson would be the first two names on the team sheet. I hope you enjoy the book – remember it's my opinion and I'm all too aware that opinions differ!"

The Greatest Lions XV Ever  by Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Bevan is available for £19.99 from all good bookshops and online retailers.

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