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WATCH: Brian O'Driscoll chooses his words about Dylan Hartley very carefully - SportsJOE.ie;

WATCH: Brian O'Driscoll chooses his words about Dylan Hartley very carefully - SportsJOE.ie

SportsJOE.ieWATCH: Brian O'Driscoll chooses his words about Dylan Hartley very carefullySportsJOE.ieIf not making the Lions squad was tough enough on Dylan Hartley, watching so many of his countrymen receive a ticket to New Zealand would only rub the salt further into those wounds. But he's dealt with it well - on the surface at least. This can't ...and more »

British and Irish Lions 2017: Warren Gatland defends nationality split - BBC Sport;

British and Irish Lions 2017: Warren Gatland defends nationality split - BBC Sport

BBC SportBritish and Irish Lions 2017: Warren Gatland defends nationality splitBBC SportGatland - who has been Wales coach since 2007 - has chosen 16 England players, 12 from Wales, 11 from Ireland and two from Scotland. Wales finished fifth in the 2017 Six Nations, below England, Scotland and Ireland. "I didn't realise the split in the ...and more »

Rugby: 'Kiwi' Lions Ben Te'o, Jared Payne hail from very different backgrounds - New Zealand Herald

Rugby: 'Kiwi' Lions Ben Te'o, Jared Payne hail from very different backgroundsNew Zealand HeraldKiwi Lions Ben Te'o and Jared Payne have been described as the "ultimate competitors" by Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell. The two NZ-born backs have burst into the 41-man touring squad from vastly different backgrounds. Payne was a highly respected ...and more »

Warren Gatland deflects questions of perceived Welsh bias - Irish Times;

Warren Gatland deflects questions of perceived Welsh bias - Irish Times

Irish TimesWarren Gatland deflects questions of perceived Welsh biasIrish TimesIn Johnny Sexton, Owen Farrell and Dan Biggar, aside from all their kicking, passing, running and tackling qualities, the Lions coaches have picked three uber competitive, narky figures who will all strive to be the first-choice out-halves come the ...and more »

'I was in the supermarket carpark!' Sam Warburton shares brilliant story on being named Lions skipper again - TVNZ

'I was in the supermarket carpark!' Sam Warburton shares brilliant story on being named Lions skipper againTVNZSam Warburton was in a supermarket car park, waiting for his wife to bring back the bread and milk, when British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland called to ask how he would feel about captaining the side again. Play Video. Play. Mute. Current Time ...and more »

Choir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New Zealand - Halstead Gazette;

Choir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New Zealand - Halstead Gazette

Halstead GazetteChoir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New ZealandHalstead GazetteBritish and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will have his players watching films and taking part in choir practice to prepare them culturally for this summer's tour to New Zealand. The 41-man Lions squad, captained by Sam Warburton, was announced ...and more »

The Warren Gatland Lions Q&A: The selection choices I agonised over and why Warburton had to be my captain - WalesOnline;

The Warren Gatland Lions Q&A: The selection choices I agonised over and why Warburton had to be my captain - WalesOnline

WalesOnlineThe Warren Gatland Lions Q&A: The selection choices I agonised over and why Warburton had to be my captainWalesOnlineWarren Gatland addressed the media to discuss his 41-man British and Irish Lions squad selection. Here's the full Q&A of his press conference. Read More. British and Irish Lions special podcast - experts from all four countries analyse Warren Gatland's ...and more »

Lions: Former England captain can feel Hartley's pain - New Zealand Herald

Lions: Former England captain can feel Hartley's painNew Zealand HeraldEngland's Dylan Hartley reacts during a test against the All Blacks. He's been left out of the Lions tour squad to NZ. Photo / AP. As a previous England captain overlooked by the British and Irish Lions, Steve Borthwick can feel Dylan Hartley's pain ...and more »

BT Sport's map of Ireland was missing quite a lot of counties… - Irish Examiner;

BT Sport's map of Ireland was missing quite a lot of counties… - Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerBT Sport's map of Ireland was missing quite a lot of counties…Irish ExaminerThe IRFU took to Twitter to call out BT Sport for a geographical error on their Lions graphics today, writes Stephen Barry. The broadcaster was crunching the numbers on the country-by-country breakdown of Lions call-ups, but managed to get their maps ...and more »

Stuart Hogg hopes maturity counts in Lions cap bid - Sportinglife.com;

Stuart Hogg hopes maturity counts in Lions cap bid - Sportinglife.com

Sportinglife.comStuart Hogg hopes maturity counts in Lions cap bidSportinglife.comStuart Hogg is determined to show how far he has come by securing a Test cap on his second British and Irish Lions tour after being named as one of two Scots bound for New Zealand. The 24-year-old feels he is a far better and more professional player ...and more »

Sam Warburton leads Lions squad - Radio Sport;

Sam Warburton leads Lions squad - Radio Sport

Radio SportSam Warburton leads Lions squadRadio SportSam Warburton is captaining the Lions side to face the All Blacks in June (Getty Images). Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on their 10-match tour of New Zealand, leading a 41-man squad that contains only two Scottish players and ...and more »

Watch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-up - BBC Sport;

Watch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-up - BBC Sport

BBC SportWatch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-upBBC SportJack Nowell celebrates with his Exeter Chiefs team-mates after discovering he had been selected in the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand. The England wing told BBC Spotlight: "I found out the news at midday when it was ...and more »

British & Irish Lions tour 2017: Hogg eager for starting place - BBC Sport;

British & Irish Lions tour 2017: Hogg eager for starting place - BBC Sport

BBC SportBritish & Irish Lions tour 2017: Hogg eager for starting placeBBC SportStuart Hogg is targeting a Test starting place after being called up for his second British and Irish Lions tour. The 24-year-old and Glasgow Warriors team-mate Tommy Seymour, 28 are the only two Scots in Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the tour of ...and more »

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck - Reuters UK;

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck - Reuters UK

Reuters UKLions need everything to go right, and then some luckReuters UKBritain Rugby Union - British & Irish Lions squad announcement for the 2017 tour to New Zealand - Hilton London Syon Park - 19/4/17 British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland with defence coach Andy Farrell and captain Sam Warburton during the ...and more »

British and Irish Lions 2017: Guide to players heading to New Zealand - BBC Sport;

British and Irish Lions 2017: Guide to players heading to New Zealand - BBC Sport

BBC SportBritish and Irish Lions 2017: Guide to players heading to New ZealandBBC SportCoverage: Live radio and text commentary across BBC Radio, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand this summer. Full-backs. This content will not work on your device, please ...and more »

The British and Irish Lions player selections that raised eyebrows and why Gatland went for them - WalesOnline;

The British and Irish Lions player selections that raised eyebrows and why Gatland went for them - WalesOnline

WalesOnlineThe British and Irish Lions player selections that raised eyebrows and why Gatland went for themWalesOnlineThe appearance of New Zealand-born pair Ben Te'o and Jared Payne in the Lions squad has raised eyebrows, not because they are Kiwis but for being surprise inclusions. Andy Howell gives his assessment of the reasons why coach Warren Gatland ...and more »

Lions: the key issues for Warren Gatland and his squad in New Zealand - The Guardian;

Lions: the key issues for Warren Gatland and his squad in New Zealand - The Guardian

The GuardianLions: the key issues for Warren Gatland and his squad in New ZealandThe GuardianBritish & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, left, with his captain Sam Warburton, centre, and tour manager John Spencer at Wednesday's announcement. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA. British & Irish Lions ...and more »

Warren Gatland: Garry Ringrose and Donnacha Ryan unlucky to miss out on Lions squad - Irish Examiner;

Warren Gatland: Garry Ringrose and Donnacha Ryan unlucky to miss out on Lions squad - Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerWarren Gatland: Garry Ringrose and Donnacha Ryan unlucky to miss out on Lions squadIrish ExaminerLions head coach Warren Gatland believes Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton can handle being targeted on the tourists' tough 10-game tour to New Zealand this summer, writes Simon Lewis. Gatland named Sexton as one of three out-halves alongside Wales's ...and more »

More woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announced - Daily Mail;

More woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announced - Daily Mail

Daily MailMore woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announcedDaily MailAnother hotly anticipated squad announcement for the British and Irish Lions threw up familiar tales of woe for England captain Dylan Hartley and Scottish rugby on Wednesday. England supplied 16 players to an enlarged 41-man party for the toughest ...and more »

Gordon Bulloch 'disappointed' by lack of Scots on British and Irish Lions' squad - The National;

Gordon Bulloch 'disappointed' by lack of Scots on British and Irish Lions' squad - The National

The NationalGordon Bulloch 'disappointed' by lack of Scots on British and Irish Lions' squadThe NationalFORMER Scotland and Lions hooker Gordon Bulloch felt his countrymen's sparse representation in Warren Gatland's squad was somewhat predictable given the lack of influence among selectors. Only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour have made the British ...and more »