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It didn't take long for the Kiwi media to turn on Jared Payne - SportsJOE.ie

The inclusion of Payne, CJ Stander and Ben Te'o in Warren Gatland's Lions squad for the 2017 tour was always going to spark criticism. Those complaints about the rugby residency laws are predictably being dredged up again. Gregor Paul has some strong ...and more »

It's hard to argue with Warren Gatland's reason for picking Jared Payne - SportsJOE.ie

He may have been in our British & Irish Lions squad but he was in hardly anyone else's. As it transpired, though, Payne was in Warren Gatland's squad and that's all that counts. As if we ever doubted him. The man may have battled through a slew of ...and more »

Gregor Paul: Kiwi-born Lions hard to take - New Zealand Herald

It's a patently ridiculous project looking for New Zealanders in the British and Irish Lions. Ridiculous but sadly not futile as there are two in the 41-man tour party as well as a South African. The debate isn't about whether Jared Payne, Ben Te'o and ...and more »

Rugby: Former Northland captain Jared Payne cracks Lions squad - New Zealand Herald

A familiar face for Northlanders will be on display in the red and white of the British and Irish Lions team. Jared Payne, now plying his trade for Ulster and Ireland, was a surprise inclusion in Warren Gatland's 41-man touring party and is a chance to ...and more »

Lion-hearted Henderson will savour memorable summer on and off field - Belfast Telegraph

Never a man who could be described as your typical rugby player, Iain Henderson had a characteristically unusual response to hearing he was one of the lucky 41 selected by Warren Gatland for this summer's British and Irish Lions trip to New Zealand.and more »