Former Lions wing tips Scottish quartet for Lions spots

Former England and British & Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye has tipped four Scottish players to be involved with the Lions’ in South Africa next summer. 

Appearing on The Tap and Go Podcast, Monye said he felt Rory Sutherland should start at loosehead when Warren Gatland’s side take on the world champions. 

“I think what the World Cup final told us is that you have to have a good set-piece, especially when you’re playing away from home.”

Monye, a try-scorer in the third Test win over the Springboks on the 2009 tour, described the Hawick RFC product as a “fantastic technician.”

The remainder of his forward pack was dominated by the England side that reached the Rugby World Cup final – Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler and Maro Itoje joined in the front five by Ireland’s James Ryan, and Sutherland. 

And in the back-row, Monye chose Wales’ Aaron Wainwright at blindside and Tom Curry of England on the openside, although he singled out Edinburgh’s Jamie Ritchie for praise. 

“He is a phenomenal player,” Monye said of the Scotland back-row. 

“Whenever I watch Scotland play, one of the outstanding features of their game is their back-row.”

Monye also hailed Finn Russell as “superb”, but went for Owen Farrell at stand-off, while Stuart Hogg made his XV at fullback. 

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