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Lions Watch - Stephen Ferris
Stephen Ferris

Playing alongside certain Lions tourist David Wallace and rising star Jamie Heaslip, Ferris is coming into his own as a crucial member of the Ireland back row.

The 23-year-old Ulster flanker has aggression in abundance, an attribute the Lions will need against the Springboks, and against England his line-out presence, defence and general work rate around Croke Park was impressive.

Maybe it's a Lions tour too early, but he is certainly one to keep an eye on.

VERDICT: Plenty of competition for Lions back-row spots but Ferris is going in the right direction.

see also
Ireland 14-13 England
28 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 26-6 Italy
28 Feb 09 |  Scottish
France 21-16 Wales
27 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union

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