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    Sam Warburton is Lions captain for New Zealand tour

    April 19, 2017 8:16pm|
    Source: FOX SPORTS



    SAM Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand but there is no place for England skipper Dylan Hartley in the 41-man squad.

    Hartley misses out along with Wasps duo Joe Launchbury and James Haskell but Warren Gatland has selected 16 Englishmen, including hooker Jamie George and centres Jonathan Joseph and Ben Te’o.

    Warburton retains the captaincy after leading the Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013 and he is one of 12 Wales players in the squad.

    Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty is rewarded for his fine form during the Six Nations, with fellow back-rowers Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric also included, while Ken Owens is at hooker and Alun Wyn Jones at lock.

    Jared Payne is the surprise name among the 11 Ireland players, the New Zealand-born back returning from a kidney injury in the Six Nations win over England.

    CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony are selected although there is no place for Munster team-mates Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo.

    Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour are the two Scotland tourists as brothers Richie and Jonny Gray miss out.

    “There’s been healthy debate about the squad and now that it’s been announced we need to get it behind it 100 per cent and get excited about travelling to New Zealand,” said Gatland.

    Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland pose for the cameras.Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland pose for the cameras.Source: Getty Images
    “There’s competition for places and there will be players fighting for Test spots with no clear number one, number two or number three in certain positions.

    “That’s what makes us pretty excited about the quality of the squad going to New Zealand. But we know how tough it will be — this is the toughest tour.

    “In previous tours the midweek games tended to be a little easier, but when you look at the quality of the opposition we’re facing in midweek, it’s going to be hugely challenging.

    “That’s why we’ve taken a few extra players than we did in 2013. We just needed to make sure we have the depth and quality in the squad to make sure we can handle the quality of the sides we’re coming up against.”

    Tour manager John Spencer announces the Lions players during the squad announcement.Tour manager John Spencer announces the Lions players during the squad announcement.Source: Getty Images
    2017 British and Irish Lions squad

    Props: Dan Cole, Tadhg Furlong, Joe Marler, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola.

    Hookers: Rory Best, Jamie George, Ken Owens.

    Locks: Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes.

    Back rows: Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton (c).

    Scrum-halves: Conor Murray, Rhys Webb, Ben Youngs.

    Fly-halves: Dan Biggar, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Sexton.

    Centres: Jonathan Davies, Robbie Henshaw, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te’o.

    Back three: Elliot Daly, Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, George North, Jack Nowell, Jared Payne, Tommy Seymour, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams.

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    I see Ben T'eo got the call. He really suits Gatland's crash ball game plan

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    Scotland don't though

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    Very surprised that Warburton is captain. He's been out injured for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Scotland don't though
    So much for Scotland's improvement in this seasons 6N ?!...

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    Which of the Home Nations finished highest in the 6 Nations?
    They have the highest representation in this touring group, right?

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    if they play a full strength Super rugby Side in a mid Week game they will be torn a new one.... the Big difference between Super Rugby in Kiwi Land and their test team is that at Super Rugby level the gloves are off and the show ponies come out to play... The ABs are a lot more conservative and structured (call it disciplined) and the Lions will be conditioned to play to the AB's style.... The Chiefs and Canes are a different Kettle of fish entirely.. cant wait to watch the carnage

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    Wow that is arrogance there zimeric! All of the selected squad members of the B&I Lions are test match players. I would be surprised to see any big mid week losses by the Lions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Scotland don't though
    Pretty sure South Africans, Australians and Kiwis don't count.

    Oh wait they picked Ben Te'o...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yungfen View Post
    Wow that is arrogance there zimeric! All of the selected squad members of the B&I Lions are test match players. I would be surprised to see any big mid week losses by the Lions.
    How is that arrogance? I don't like the Kiwis but i respect the way they play... A good team will beat a bunch of good players most days. and both the Canes and Chiefs fit the bill. Remember Wales 2016? I know this is a step up but... well we will just have to wait and see 😉

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    Good call let's wait and see, sorry thought you were a kiwi and linked it to their sense of arrogance due to their highly successful teams....

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    Quote Originally Posted by slomo View Post
    So much for Scotland's improvement in this seasons 6N ?!...
    Reminds me of circa 2007-2009- times when the Force performed well and yet the Reds who were languishing at the bottom of table had better Wallaby representation.

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    I'm not a Kiwi but they will win this series 3-0.

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