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Payne comes full circle to convince all doubters - Irish Independent

Jared Payne's career came full circle yesterday as the man who once cut him from the Waikato squad in 2008 handed him the highest honour the northern hemisphere has to offer at the age of 31. Assuming Payne gets through the rest of the season unscathed ...and more »

WATCH: 'I was really a bit shaken' - Iain Henderson on learning about Lions call-up watching Sky Sports - Irish Independent

There were joyous scenes at the Kingspan Stadium this afternoon as three Ulstermen were named in Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand. The Ulster squad were eating lunch during the live announcement and reacted with ...and more »

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 »

NZ Herald Takes Swipe At IRFU And Lambastes Jared Payne's Lions Inclusion - Balls.ie

Eyebrows were raised by Jared Payne's surprise inclusion in Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad on Wednesday, but not necessarily in the northern hemisphere. Andy Farrell's influence doubtless told in Payne's selection, with the 31-year-old Ulster man ...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 »

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 »

Ulster's Best, Payne and Henderson are the pride of British and Irish Lions - Belfast Telegraph

Ireland captain Rory Best spoke of his pride after he and Ulster team-mates Iain Henderson and Jared Payne were yesterday named in coach Warren Gatland's squad for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer. "It was elation," said Best ...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 »

RUGBY: Iain Henderson braced for huge summer after British Lions selection - Belfast Newsletter

What was already going to be an eventful summer for Ireland and Ulster lock Iain Henderson just got bigger. The 25-year-old lock was named on Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the summer tour to New Zealand on Wednesday.. It adds further to an already ...and more »

Henderson: I was stunned to be selected - The Times

Iain Henderson put aside his usual disdain for the social media rumour mill the night before Warren Gatland named his British & Irish Lions squad, but insisted that he was still stunned yesterday when his name was announced in the 41-man squad to tour ...and more »