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With the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand only 15 months away, competition for places is already beginning to heat up. Deatrich Wise Jr. Jersey . Speaking on the Rugby Club Agenda, former Lion Alex Corbisiero discussed who, on current form, would make his pack.Here are his choices... 1. Jack McGrath (Ireland)You have got two great English looseheads in [Joe] Marler and Mako [Vunipola], but both have been trading starts and neither have had that stellar game yet.Jack McGrath has been under Cian Healy for a while now, but he is really starting to grow in that role. He is starting to do a lot of things Cian does well: ball carrying, his work rate in the loose, his set piece has come on well.I thought Ireland scrummaged very well against England. He had to deal with Dan Cole and that is a good measuring stick of how a prop is coming along on the chain. 2. Dylan Hartley (England)He has been the spearhead of the England [Six Nations] campaign. Especially the last two games, he really rose to the challenge. I know how good a leader he is and I know he has got that edge to him, but I think fatherhood has given him another layer and he seems to control that edge and channel it.He has got the weight of the nation on his shoulders and he hasnt disappointed. His experience is massive. 3. Dan Cole (England)He has been the rock of England for a long time and is very experienced. There are a lot of young suitors on the charge, but there is no one quite ready who is playing who has taken that mantle from him yet. He has been on a Lions tour and he knows what its about. 4. Maro Itoje (England)This is a future world-class superstar in the making. Im excited at the thought of where he is going to be, come the end of next season when the Lions tour kick off. He is just in his infancy as an international player, but he is not far off that world-class bracket. Im excited about him. 5. Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales)I played with him in the Lions of 2013 and I have got the utmost respect for him as a leader, as a character. His work rate, his experience, his team talks, all the things that he brings - I want him in my team. He is my rock behind my tighthead. His scrummaging weight as well; he ticks all those boxes. 6. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)He is a versatile back row. His work rate is second to none for a back row, so he is able to play No 6. He is good in the air at the lineout, so you are not losing by picking almost another No 8 in your back row, and he is also very good over the ball, which he has shown over the years. 7. Sam Warburton (Wales)When fit, when healthy, he is a top-quality international No 7. He can spoil the ball and playing with him gave me a real respect for him. His main skill is he is first to everything. If there is a spilled ball, he is first on it; if there is a breakdown opportunity, he strikes on it.He is a great player, a great leader and he has captained a Lions series already. He is captain of Wales and I want that experience in my team. 8. Billy Vunipola (England)He has been one of the real stand-outs of this [Six Nations] competition. He is really growing into this England squad, he has nailed down that No 8 shirt, he looks like he is enjoying it, he has got the confidence and he is going out there and physically imposing himself on everyone.I want him over there in New Zealand going out there and stomping the yard and matching their physicality with his X-factor. Billy Vunipola makes a now trademark charge Honourable mentionsIve picked no Scots and some people might give me a bit of criticism for that, but there are number of them that made honourable mentions. At loosehead, Alasdair Dickinson is definitely there or thereabouts, but its a really congested position. Rob Evans at Wales has really grown into that role as well.In the second row, Ive got Johnny Gray from Scotland. Johnny has really grown into that role, but Maros form over the last two games especially has pipped him into my squad. John Hardie at No 7 has really stood out for me, but Warburtons experience and being on a Lions tour pipped the No 7 shirt.Do you agree with Corbisieros selection? Let us know who would be in your pack by leaving a comment below, or for app users, by tweeting @SkySportsRugby. Also See: Englands Six Nations stars Corbisiero: Itoje a future captain Too soon for Webb? Sky Sports Rugby podcast Patriots Jerseys Free Shipping . 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That is, unless you had been tabbed for greatness as a teenager but found yourself still toiling in the minor leagues seven years later.Esposito let his coach know the next day that he was going back home to Montreal. With that, one of the top prospects in the 2007 NHL draft was ready to call it a career after a nomadic, injury-plagued pro run that never included a regular-season NHL game.I went to the East Coast, and [during] that first game I didnt feel comfortable anymore playing. I thought to myself, Maybe its time I moved on, said Esposito, now 27. Honestly, the first month [off], I did absolutely nothing. I didnt step on the ice until December, and then I started playing with my buddies in their beer league just for fun.He ultimately decided to come back, and his return to pro hockey last year helped him gain a new perspective on hockey and life.It has been 10 years since NHL central scouting ranked Esposito first among North American skaters heading into the 2007 draft. Back then, the story wrote itself.He was a lanky, agile scoring center from Montreal -- but no relation to Hall of Famers Phil and Tony, although he does have two uncles with the same names (and, coincidentally, his uncle Tony was a goalie in his youth).In his first season on a dominant Quebec Remparts club coached by NHL legend Patrick Roy, Angelo Esposito starred. He was named the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues top offensive rookie and helped the Remparts win the Memorial Cup. Even when he slipped to 20th in the draft, Esposito landed with a Pittsburgh Penguins team that featured talented young players?Sidney Crosby,?Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal.We were happy to get him. He did enough as a young man to show he deserved to go in the first round, said longtime Penguins scout Chuck Grillo. Patrick Roy, I talked extensively with him. He was a big fan of his. You could tell he was sincere when he talked about him.That fall, Esposito played in his first NHL preseason game in his hometown against the?Canadiens.All my family and all my friends came to the game, Esposito said. It was a great feeling.After being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in the deadline deal that sent Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh, Esposito scored the winning goal for Canada in the gold-medal game against Sweden at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. It was a fitting end to a decorated junior career. Esposito could finally embark on what would no doubt be an eventful pro career.Five years later, he was back home ready to quit.The last few years had just been a lot of downs and disappointments, so it was good just to get a little break, said Esposito. Obviously, I was a first-round draft pick and not playing in the NHL. Its not something youre proud of, but at the same time, its part of a career.Esposito refuses to use them as an excuse, but injuries did come in waves after his golden goal. Shortly after World Juniors, he tore his ACL. The following season, his first as a pro, he tore it again. After a year spent rehabbing his knee, he tore his hip labrum.Without an NHL contract entering the 2012 lockout, Esposito played in Finland, where he tore the MCL in his other knee. By the time he came back from that injury, his door to the NHL had effectively closed.He played sparingly in Italy and Austria before his one-game stint with Fort Wayne. Derek Rivers Jersey. After that, his time was spent mostly playing beer-league hockey, hanging out with his girlfriend and managing Montreal properties he had invested in.There was a lot of baggage that had to be sorted out. He was pretty down, said Scott Livingston, an athletic therapist who had worked with the Canadiens, New York Rangers and New York Islanders before Esposito hired him to get him in shape and back into pro hockey.He had gone through a lot of things, as far as expectations, early on in his career. Things didnt work out and [he had] the injuries. He was in a fairly dark place when I started with him.Almost immediately, Livingston sent Esposito to a sports psychologist. As Esposito was helped to hone his mind and body, it became clear how far the player had to go once Livingston got him back on the ice.He didnt look like someone who had ever played pro hockey before, said Livingston. I didnt say that to him at the time, but it was the truth. He had a lot of work to do. But he did the work.Esposito landed with Cortina in the Italian league last season. It was not the NHL, but with 38 points in 31 games, he arguably enjoyed his finest pro season. He started this season with Ceske Budejovice, a Czech league team almost two hours by car south of Prague. The arena seats 6,000 intense local fans and serves Budweiser. It turns out the Bud in the Czech Republic doesnt taste quite like the North American version, Esposito said, but its close enough.But the stop in the Czech league wouldnt last long. After scoring a single goal in nine games with the club, Esposito was released on Oct. 24. A statement from general manager Stanislav Bednarik hinted that the decision to terminate the contract was mutual between player and team.He suffered several injuries during his tryout and his position in our team therefore wasnt as everybody (including him) expected, a team spokesman said of Esposito in a statement to ESPN.com.With that, Esposito was back looking for another shot.As for why Esposito never made his NHL debut, its difficult to pinpoint any one thing that kept the former top prospect from his dream.Theres lots of reasons for first-round picks not playing in the NHL. There are usually 15 out of the 30 that dont, said Grillo. He can constructively critique himself and assess where things went wrong. It had nothing to with skating or scoring. It may have had something to do with setting him up to succeed. I dont know. Ive seen this kid carry teams on his back at the junior level.With every new season in a new country, that elusive first NHL game becomes less likely. It took some time, but Esposito is at peace with that. And as much as hed love to play in the NHL, its not a milestone he looks at the same way he did as an 18-year-old star poised to take on the world.Am I disappointed that I havent played a game in the NHL? Of course I am. Who wouldnt be? But you have to accept it and you have to move on, said Esposito in an interview before being released by the Czech league team. If Im going to sit here and think back about why I didnt do this, Im going to be miserable for the rest of my life.Right now, Im enjoying my life playing hockey, and Im going to enjoy it as long as I can, he continued. Once thats over, then Im going to find something else to be successful in. Maybe I didnt play in the NHL, but Ill find something else to be successful in. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '