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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 »

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 »

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

Choir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New Zealand - Peeblesshire News

Peeblesshire NewsChoir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New ZealandPeeblesshire NewsBritish 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 »

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 »

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 »

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck - The Star Online;

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck - The Star Online

The Star OnlineLions need everything to go right, and then some luckThe Star OnlineLONDON (Reuters) - When coach Warren Gatland said on Wednesday that the British and Irish Lions face the toughest task in rugby when they play New Zealand this year, he was not exaggerating. The Lions, in their various guises, have travelled on 11 ...and more »

Selfless Warburton ready for his toughest task - Daily Mail

Selfless Warburton ready for his toughest taskDaily MailLONDON, April 19 (Reuters) - Sam 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. If ...and more »

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

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

Laois NationalistWarren Gatland: Garry Ringrose and Donnacha Ryan unlucky to miss out on Lions squadLaois NationalistLions 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Lions captaincy was best news since sliced bread for Warburton - News & Star;

Lions captaincy was best news since sliced bread for Warburton - News & Star

News & StarLions captaincy was best news since sliced bread for WarburtonNews & StarReappointed British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has revealed he was waiting for his wife to finish her shopping when he received the call from head coach Warren Gatland. The 28-year-old Cardiff flanker will lead the Lions in New Zealand this ...and more »

Lack of influence cost Scotland players in Lions selection – Gordon Bulloch - Maldon and Burnham Standard;

Lack of influence cost Scotland players in Lions selection – Gordon Bulloch - Maldon and Burnham Standard

Maldon and Burnham StandardLack of influence cost Scotland players in Lions selection – Gordon BullochMaldon and Burnham StandardFormer 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 »

Warburton leads Lions on toughest mission - SBS;

Warburton leads Lions on toughest mission - SBS

SBSWarburton leads Lions on toughest missionSBSLONDON (Reuters) - Sam Warburton was named captain of the British and Irish Lions for the second time on Wednesday as coach Warren Gatland unveiled a bumper 41-man squad for the 10-match tour of New Zealand that he described as the biggest ...and more »

Lions 2017: Twitter reacts to Gatland's selection - AOL UK;

Lions 2017: Twitter reacts to Gatland's selection - AOL UK

AOL UKLions 2017: Twitter reacts to Gatland's selectionAOL UKWarren Gatland courted controversy when he named his 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand. There were several notable absentees from the sizeable selection, while those who made the cut were evidently delighted. Here, we ...and more »

Wasps stunned as England lock Joe Launchbury misses out on Lions squad - Braintree and Witham Times;

Wasps stunned as England lock Joe Launchbury misses out on Lions squad - Braintree and Witham Times

Braintree and Witham TimesWasps stunned as England lock Joe Launchbury misses out on Lions squadBraintree and Witham TimesWasps have said they are “gobsmacked” after lock Joe Launchbury was a surprise omission from the British and Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand. Head coach Warren Gatland selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures which include a ...and more »

Brian O'Driscoll tips young Irish Lion to fill the number 13 jersey on tour to New Zealand - Irish Mirror;

Brian O'Driscoll tips young Irish Lion to fill the number 13 jersey on tour to New Zealand - Irish Mirror

Irish MirrorBrian O'Driscoll tips young Irish Lion to fill the number 13 jersey on tour to New ZealandIrish MirrorThe former Lions captain has tipped an Irishman to fill the jersey he has worn on four separate tours. Share; Comments. ByCathal Austin. 16:25, 19 APR 2017. Sport. Brian O'Driscoll after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Share; Comments. Get daily ...and more »

In video: British and Irish Lions touring squad is revealed - The Bolton News;

In video: British and Irish Lions touring squad is revealed - The Bolton News

The Bolton NewsIn video: British and Irish Lions touring squad is revealedThe Bolton NewsBritish and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures which include a three-Test series against New Zealand this summer. Find out which players made the cut here: 0 comments ...and more »