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Jared Payne 'shocked, surprised and hugely proud' -

Jared Payne: 'You don't get too many shocks these days but it's definitely something that has come out of the blue for me.' Jared Payne said he was "shocked, surprised and hugely proud" after the versatile Ulster back was included in Warren Gatland's ...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 »

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 »

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

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

Former Northland skipper Jared Payne has been selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. Photo/ Northern Advocate. Share via email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show more Bookmark this article. Share on Facebook ...and more »

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

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 injuries over the last 18 months but when he plays, Ireland are the better for it. Jared ...and more »

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

Kiwi journalist uses Jared Payne as poster boy for all that is wrong with rugby. 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 ...and more »

Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - April 21 -

Ireland's New Zealand-born outside back Jared Payne was named in the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand. - Stuff. Saved|Saved Stories Saved|Saved Stories. Save|Saved Stories Save|Saved Stories. Next Other Sports story: Aaron Hernandez's ...and more »

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

Rory Best in his new kit after being selected for the British and Irish Lions squad. 3 3 Rory Best in his new kit after being selected for the British and Irish Lions squad. By Jonathan Bradley. April 20 2017. 0 Comments. Email. Ireland captain Rory ...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 »