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Lions squad announced

Via Telegraph

Dylan Hartley has been omitted from the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer’s tour to New Zealand.

Hartley is the third successive England captain to miss out, following in the footsteps of Chris Robshaw and Steve Borthwick, but the RBS 6 Nations champions still supply the largest contingent, numbering 16 players.

Head coach Warren Gatland has selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures culminating in a three-Test series against New Zealand, including surprise call-ups for Ireland full-back Jared Payne, England wing Jack Nowell and Wales back row Ross Moriarty.

Hartley has lost out to England team-mate Jamie George, who has been selected despite acting as understudy at hooker for his international captain Rory Best and Ken Owens.

Despite reports of his inclusion, there was no place for two-time tourist Jamie Roberts but Jonathan Joseph has made the cut as one of the centres.

There are two Scots present in wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the remainder of the squad made up of 12 Welshmen and 11 players from Ireland.

Squad :

Loosehead props: Joe Marler (England); Jack McGrath (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England)

Hookers: Rory Best (Ireland); Jamie George (England); Ken Owens (Wales)

Tighthead props: Dan Cole (England); Tadhg Furlong (Ireland); Kyle Sinckler (England)

Second rows: Iain Henderson (Ireland); Maro Itoje (England); Alun Wyn Jones (Wales);
George Kruis (England); Courtney Lawes (England)

Flankers: Sean O’Brien (Ireland); Peter O’Mahony (Ireland); CJ Stander (Ireland); Justin Tipuric (Wales); Sam Warburton (Wales) CAPTAIN; Ross Moriarty (Wales)

Number eights: Taulupe Faletau (Wales); Billy Vunipola (England)

Scrum-halves: Conor Murray (Ireland); Ben Youngs (England); Rhys Webb (Wales)

Fly-halves: Dan Biggar (Wales); Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Centres: Elliot Daly (England); Jonathan Davies (Wales); Owen Farrell (England); Robbie Henshaw (Ireland); Ben Te’o (England); Jonathan Joseph (England); Jared Payne (Ireland)

Wings: George North (Wales); Anthony Watson (England); Jack Nowell (England); Tommy Seymour (Scotland); Liam Williams (Wales)

Full-backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales); Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

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    Craven

    April 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Scotland beat both Ireland and Wales and finished ahead of Wales in the points table, and yet they only contribute 2 players to the squad? All this while Gatland picks 12 of his Welsh players, who have not been very hot this year.

    Methinks Warren missed a bit of an opportunity.

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