Warren Gatland names 41-man Lions squad to face the All Blacks

Warren Gatland names 41-man Lions squad to face the All Blacks

Warren Gatland names 41-man Lions squad to face the All Blacks

The forward pack features prop Kyle Sinckler, who is yet to start a test for England and No 8 Ross Moriarty, who joins Welsh compatriots Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau in the back row division.

Warburton, who has won 74 Wales caps and led his country in two World Cup campaigns, is now injured.

The Athlone man is part of a 41-man squad named by head coach Warren Gatland in London today.

"If I felt deep down I wasn't playing well and just scraping into the squad, I would have said I don't think I am the right person to do it (the captaincy)".

'I found out last Thursday, ' he said.

"I was in a supermarket vehicle park back home".

Iain Henderson has expressed his delight at receiving his maiden call for the British and Irish Lions.

The 27-year-old put in a man of the match performance for Ireland in their Six Nations win over England last month.

The squad consists of 22 forwards and 19 backs, with Maro Itoje the youngest player at the age of 22.

"I'm sure I share every Saracens fan's sentiment by wishing them the best of luck in the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour".

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Hartley had been selected for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia when he was axed from the squad after receiving a ban for calling referee Wayne Barnes a "cheat" during the English Premiership final.

Farrell also said captain Sam Warburton was aware his form needed to justify his selection.

But the former lock added the experience Hartley had gained through a chequered career that has seen him sidelined for more than a year because of suspension would help him cope with this latest setback.

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"The prognosis with him is a lot more positive than was first diagnosed in terms of it's an unusual injury with a capsule thing, or something, but the prognosis and the recovery is hopefully a lot better than what was potentially first suspected".

He is one of 16 England players named in the tour party with Wales providing 12, Ireland 11 and two from Scotland.

Scotland have just two representatives in Stuart Hogg, a likely starter at full-back, and fellow back Tommy Seymour.

The opening match of the tour is against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the also face the Maori All Blacks, while not forgetting the ultimate barometer of success and failure of the tour, the three test series against the world champions, New Zealand.

The Lions will play 10 games in New Zealand, including three Tests against the All Blacks.

"This is probably the hardest selection we have had, we think it is a strong squad so as a coaching team we are really excited about the talent and quality of team we are taking to New Zealand".

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