RIP. He was the voice of rugby for me, Bill McLaren was winding down just as I was getting into it. The intros got very cringe worthy over time. They flogged that to death like everything else the BBC touches. Dying in your sleep in Andes isn't a bad way to go at all!
By my count:
Munster - 10
Ulster - 9
Connacht - 5
Leinster - 11
None of the Leinster guys are on the 1st team (although Frawley, Mccarthy, Deegan would be bench players), whereas quite a few of the players from the other provinces would be first choice. I'm sure Ulster are less than pleased about losing Doak and Munster could do without having the likes of Wycherley, Ahern, Hodnett, Kendellen and Salanoa taken away for 2+ weeks to play second rate South African club sides. Losing 2 props in particular is a fairly hard blow.
Not sure Balacoune has any business on that Tour, sticking Stockdale on it would have made more sense given his time out.
I feel like I say this every year but last season was a write off due to injury but Deegan needs a big year, he's put on some size over his lay off and from the pre season clips I've seen he's hit the ground running already,