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British and Irish Lions squad announcement: Live updates as Warren Gatland reveals his 2021 captain and squad

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2021 British and Irish Lions squad



Captain: Alun Wyn Jones

Forwards: Tadhg Beirne (IRE), Jack Conan (IRE), Luke Cowan-Dickie (ENG), Tom Curry (ENG), Zander Fagerson (SCO), Taulupe Faletau (WAL), Tadhg Furlong (IRE), Jamie George (ENG), Iain Henderson (IRE), Jonny Hill (ENG), Maro Itoje (ENG), Alun Wyn Jones (c) (WAL), Wyn Jones (WAL), Courtney Lawes (ENG), Ken Owens (WAL), Andrew Porter (IRE), Sam Simmonds (ENG), Rory Sutherland (SCO), Justin Tipuric (WAL), Mako Vunipola (ENG), Hamish Watson (SCO)

Backs: Josh Adams (WAL), Bundee Aki (IRE), Dan Biggar (WAL), Elliot Daly (ENG), Gareth Davies (WAL), Owen Farrell (ENG), Chris Harris (SCO), Robbie Henshaw (IRE), Stuart Hogg (SCO), Conor Murray (IRE), Ali Price (SCO), Louis Rees-Zammit (WAL), Finn Russell (SCO), Duhan van der Merwe (SCO), Anthony Watson (ENG), Liam Williams (WAL)

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The British and Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa has been announced.

Warren Gatland and his coaching team have picked a 37-man squad – up from the 36 expected to be named – which will be captained by Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

2021 British and Irish Lions squad

Forwards
Tadhg Beirne (IRE), Jack Conan (IRE), Luke Cowan-Dickie (ENG), Tom Curry (ENG), Zander Fagerson (SCO), Taulupe Faletau (WAL), Tadhg Furlong (IRE), Jamie George (ENG), Iain Henderson (IRE), Jonny Hill (ENG), Maro Itoje (ENG), Alun Wyn Jones (c) (WAL), Wyn Jones (WAL), Courtney Lawes (ENG), Ken Owens (WAL), Andrew Porter (IRE), Sam Simmonds (ENG), Rory Sutherland (SCO), Justin Tipuric (WAL), Mako Vunipola (ENG), Hamish Watson (SCO)

Backs
Josh Adams (WAL), Bundee Aki (IRE), Dan Biggar (WAL), Elliot Daly (ENG), Gareth Davies (WAL), Owen Farrell (ENG), Chris Harris (SCO), Robbie Henshaw (IRE), Stuart Hogg (SCO), Conor Murray (IRE), Ali Price (SCO), Louis Rees-Zammit (WAL), Finn Russell (SCO), Duhan van der Merwe (SCO), Anthony Watson (ENG), Liam Williams (WAL)

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It’s one of the biggest days on the northern hemisphere rugby calendar: the announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad for their upcoming tour of South Africa. Follow along as Warren Gatland reveals his captain and full squad from 9pm (AEST) right here on The Roar.

Thirty-six players will be named to tour the Republic by Gatland tonight, a smaller squad than previous ones on account of the pandemic.

Head coach Gatland will also reveal his captain for the tour. While there are a number of contenders for the honour, including Englishmen Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, it is believed that Welsh skipper Alun Wyn Jones will be given the nod.

Jones has been a Lions mainstay for more than a decade now, starting in the side’s last three Tests and playing all three matches against the Springboks in 2009, and recently led Wales to the 2021 Six Nations title.

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The live stream of the announcement event will begin at 8:40pm. The Lions captain will be announced at 9:09, and the squad itself at 9:28.

Gatland will be unable to call on a number of key players. English halfback Ben Youngs has withdrawn his availability in order to stay at home with his family, while Welsh centre/wing George North suffered a ruptured ACL just a couple of weeks ago and is out for a year.

One player expected to get some good selection news is Sam Simmonds. The English back-rower has been in excellent form of late for Exeter but hasn’t played a Test since 2018, yet it has been reported that he’s an inclusion in this year’s Lions squad, potentially at the expense of Billy Vunipola.

We’ll find out whether that mail is on the money later tonight, so tune into The Roar from 9pm (AEST) to follow the announcement of the 2021 British and Irish Lions squad.

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