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BREAKING: British & Irish Lions squad revealed with some shock inclusions

Lions captain Sam Warburton (centre) at today's squad announcement with head coach Warren Gatland (left) and tour manager John Spencer
Lions captain Sam Warburton (centre) at today's squad announcement with head coach Warren Gatland (left) and tour manager John Spencer
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton leads the celebrations as the Lions celebrate their series win over Australia at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia.
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton leads the celebrations as the Lions celebrate their series win over Australia at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia.

Warren Gatland has lifted the lid on the much anticipated Lions Squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The selection was announced a noon by Lions manager John Spencer.

As expected, following this morning's leak, Sam Warburton has been announced to captain the side 

 

A total of 11 Irish names made the final squad:

BACKS

Dan Bigger

Elliot Daily

Jonathan Davis

Owen Farrell

Leigh Halfpenny

Robbie Henshaw

Stewart Hogg

Jonathan Joseph

Conor Murray

George North

Jack Nowell

Jarred Payne

Jonathan Sexton

Tommy Seymour

Ben Teo

Anthony Watson

Reece Webb

Liam Williams

Ben Youngs

FORWARDS

Rory Best

Dan Cole

Taulupe Faletau

Tadhg Furlong

Jamie George

Ian Henderson

Maro Itoje

Alan Wynne Jones

George Cruz

Countney Lawes

Joe Marler

Jack McGrath

Ross Moriarty

Sean O’Brien

Peter O’Mahony

Ken Owens

Kyle Sinclair

CJ Stander

Justin Tipuric

Mako Vunipola

Billy Vunipola

Sam Warburton  (C)

The British & Irish Lions will challenge all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides, as well as taking on the Maori All Blacks in addition to three tests against the World Cup holders in Auckland and Wellington.

Gatland then has 40-days before The Lions depart for New Zealand, before they kick off their 10-match trip against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3, with the Blues, Crusaders, Highlanders, Maori All Blacks and Chiefs all on their agenda before the first Test three weeks later.

The Lions have only won one tour since their last visit to New Zealand in 2005, having lost in South Africa in 2009 and won in Australia in 2013.