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2017 British and Irish Lions squad

british & irish lions crestThe British and Irish Lions squad for their 2017 tour of New Zealand was announced on April 19, with 41 players selected by head coach Warren Gatland.

2017 British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand

Fullbacks and wingers: Stuart Hogg (SCO), Leigh Halfpenny (WAL), Jack Nowell (ENG), George North (WAL), Liam Williams (WAL), Tommy Seymour (SCO), Anthony Watson (ENG).

Centres: Elliot Daly (ENG), Robbie Henshaw (IRE), Ben Te’o (ENG), Jonathan Davies (WAL), Jonathan Joseph (ENG), Jared Payne (IRE).

Fly halves: Johnathan Sexton (IRE), Owen Farrell (ENG), Dan Biggar (WAL).

Scrum halves: Conor Murray (IRE), Rhys Webb (WAL), Greig Laidlaw (SCO)*

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

Hookers: Rory Best (IRE), Jamie George (ENG), Ken Owens (WAL).

Locks: Maro Itoje (ENG), George Kruis (ENG), Courtney Lawes (ENG), Iain Henderson (IRE), Alun Wyn Jones (WAL).

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Flankers: Sean O’Brien (IRE), Peter O’Mahony (IRE), Ross Moriarty (WAL), Sam Warburton (captain, WAL), Justin Tipuric (WAL), CJ Stander (IRE).

Number 8s: James Haskell (ENG)**, Taulupe Faletau (WAL).

Coach: Warren Gatland.

* – Replaced Ben Youngs (ENG), who withdrew due for personal reasons
** – Replaced Billy Vunipola (ENG), who withdrew due to injury

Sam Warburton was named to skipper the side four years after leading the team to a 2-1 win over the Wallabies in 2013. The team announcement saw him become just the second player in Lions history to captain two tours, following in the footsteps of Martin Johnson.

Unsurprisingly given their world record-equalling winning streak in 2016 and 17, and their Six Nations dominance across the two years, England has the most players selected for the tour out of the four home nations with 16.

Wales and Ireland have the next most with 12 and 11 players respectively, while just the two Scots – Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour – made the cut.

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The 41-man squad is larger than most sides selected for Lions tours, with Gatland pointing to the strength of New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams as the reason for the extended squad.

The 2017 tour comprises seven tour matches against all five Super Rugby sides, a Maori All Blacks side and the New Zealand Barbarians, along with the headline three-Test series against the All Blacks. The first Test kicks off on June 24 at Eden Park in Auckland.