The Lions squad has been announced for the 2013 tour to Australia by tour manager Andy Irivine.
Warren Gatland also confirmed as suspected that Sam Warburton has been installed as tour captain. The squad is as follows;
Full-back; Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Rob Kearney
Wing; Tommy Bowe, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, George North
Centre; Jonathan Davies, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Roberts, Manu Tuilagi
Fly-half; Owen Farrell, Jonny Sexton
Scrum-half; Conor Murray, Mike Phillips, Ben Youngs
Props; Dan Cole, Cian Hely, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Matt Stevens, Maku Vunipola
Hookers; Dylan Hartley, Richard Hibbard, Tom Youngs
Locks; Ian Evans, Richie Gray, Alun-Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Geoff Parling
Back Row; Tom Croft, Toby Faletau, Jamie Heaslip, Dan Lydiate, Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton
Obviously a few surprises in both the omissions and selections for the Lions tour. Straight away the inclusion of the likes of Sean Maitland and Matt Stevens stand out whilst the exclusion of players such as Chris Robshaw and Jonny Wilkinson will leave a few scratching their heads.
Let us know what you think…