Gat­land’s mil­lion dol­lar ques­tion: Is it Sex­ton or Far­rell?

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AT LAST, af­ter months and months of spec­u­la­tion War­ren Gat­land is poised to an­nounce his Lions squad for New Zealand... what a re­lief.

De­bates over which player de­serves a crack over another is all well and good at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and through­out the Six Na­tions.

But it’s all got­ten rather bor­ing in re­cent weeks and I can’t wait for Gat­land to an­nounce his squad so that de­bate can move on to who the ac­tual start­ing XV should be!

It was not so long ago that ev­ery­one was singing the praises of Ross Mo­ri­arty and how the Welsh back rower was surely a shoo-in to tour. Now his name is hardly men­tioned in back row de­bates.

For me, the key se­lec­tion is at No.12. You can make a case for at least two play­ers in ev­ery po­si­tion and it usu­ally comes down to na­tional bias, or which player you have a soft spot for.

But in the cen­tres it must come down to how the Lions want to play, which tac­tics and what will be most ef­fec­tive for the team. And there is the rather large ques­tion of Sonny Bill Wil­liams in the pic­ture.

For me, a 10-12 axis of Jonathan Sex­ton and Owen Far­rell of­fers lit­tle threat.

Gat­land must choose one or the other – with Rob­bie Hen­shaw at 12 and a gas man like El­liot Daly out­side him. So is Sex­ton up to it? Will he be able to with­stand the heavy ar­tillery com­ing his way and still keep a clear head for shots at goal? We know Far­rell can. CHRIS WINDASS via email

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