British and Irish Lions squad announced with Alun Wyn Jones confirmed as team captain

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LIONS LUMINAIRES

Japan, June 26, Edinburgh, TBC

Stormers, July 3, Cape Town, 7 p.m.

SA Invitational, July 7, Port Elizabeth, 7:00 pm

Sharks, July 10, Durban, 7pm

South Africa A, July 14, Nelspruit, 7 pm

Bulls, July 17th, Pretoria, 7pm

SOUTH AFRICA, July 24, Johannesburg, 5 p.m.

SOUTH AFRICA, July 31, Cape Town, 5 p.m.

SOUTH AFRICA, August 7, Johannesburg, 5 p.m.

Sam Simmonds, Jonny Hill, Chris Harris and Bundee Aki were named as four shocks on Warren Gatland’s Lions team because a bunch of big names didn’t do it.

Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Davies, Johnny Sexton, Kyle Sinckler, Manu Tuilagi, James Ryan and Josh Navidi were all left out – Davies and Sinckler were particularly surprised.

With eight Scottish players to the name – Stuart Hogg, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Chris Harris, Hamish Watson, Zander Fagerson, Rory Sutherland and Duhan van der Merwe – their Six Nations form has been rewarded and the influence of assistant coaches Gregor Townsend and Steve Tandy sharply. felt.

Led by Alun Wyn Jones – who is on his fourth tour at the age of 35 after traveling in 2009, 2013 and 2017 – the squad will count more English than Welsh, 11 to 10, despite Wayne Pivac’s men being the Six Nations have won.

After a final four-hour meeting at the Lensbury club in Teddington, the coaches added an extra name to bump the squad to 37, not the expected 36.

After revealing his team, Gatland said, ‘It was stressful! This is the most challenging team I have had to choose. It tries to find a balance. It is an incredibly competitive team that can play rugby well.

Alun Wyn Jones has been named captain on his fourth tour with the British and Irish Lions

Billy Vunipola has been pipped to 8th position

Exeter No. 8 Sam Simmonds is not in the picture of England, but with the lions

Billy Vunipola (left) has been pipped to 8th position by Sam Simmonds from Exeter (right)

English gag Kyle Sinckler is a surprising omission that was part of the 2017 touring party

English gag Kyle Sinckler is a surprising omission that was part of the 2017 touring party

THE BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS SPOT

BACKS

J Adams (Wales)

B Aki (Ireland)

D Biggar (Wales)

E Daly (England)

G Davies (Wales)

O Farrell (England)

C Harris (Scotland)

R Henshaw (Ireland)

S Hogg (Scotland)

C Murray (Ireland)

A Price (Scotland)

L Rees-Zammit (Wales)

F Russell (Scotland)

D Van der Merwe (Scotland)

A Watson (England)

L Williams (Wales)

FORWARD

T Beirne (Ireland)

J Conan (Ireland)

L Cowan-Dickie (England)

T Curry (England)

Z Fagerson (Scotland)

T Faletau (Wales)

T Furlong (Ireland)

J George (England)

I Henderson (Ireland)

J Hill (England)

M Itoje (England)

AW Jones (Wales, captain)

W Jones (Wales)

C Lawes (England)

K Owens (Wales)

A Porter (Ireland)

S Simmonds (England)

R Sutherland (Scotland)

J Tipuric (Wales)

M Vunipola (England)

H Watson (Scotland)

Congratulations to all selected people – I hope they enjoy the tour and represent the four countries in the best possible way.

‘Ultimately it is a matter of opinion, we have to do everything we can to put together the right team to try and win a series.

‘Everyone gets a start in the first three games. The first step is to be selected, then you want to commit yourself to play in the Tests.

It is excitement for players who are mentioned, but you can understand that some players will be disappointed. You feel for them.

‘It has not been an easy decision. We had a four-hour meeting and added an extra name to make the squad 37 – getting approval from the board and the CEO was what we did yesterday.

Head coach Warren Gatland takes charge of his third tour, having won the last time in Australia and in his native New Zealand.

Head coach Warren Gatland takes charge of his third tour, having won the last time in Australia and in his native New Zealand.

Wales center Jonathan Davies (left) misses the opportunity to go on a third tour

Wales center Jonathan Davies (left) misses the opportunity to go on a third tour

‘Looking at our loose attackers, getting that extra number there is a guarantee of a backup.

‘Everyone talks about it being the best of the best. It is unique and special in the rugby world. It will be a challenge without fans, but I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s the world champion again, just like in 2009. It puts everything together to try and win the series.

“Now that we are getting closer, I am very excited about the final preparations and planning and going to South Africa.”

Saracens managed to name five players despite their relegation to the championship – with Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje all-in.

Manu Tuilagi has not been selected after missing much of the season due to injury

Manu Tuilagi has not been selected after missing much of the season due to injury

Johnny Sexton missed the selection

Ireland’s legendary fly-half Johnny Sexton missed the tour to South Africa

The Scottish Finn Russell has been given the nod

The Scottish Finn Russell has gotten the nod

English champions Exeter have entered Hill, Hogg, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Simmonds, but Jonny Gray, Henry Slade and Jack Nowell were all locked out.

The youngest lion will be Louis Rees-Zammit, star from Gloucester and Wales, at the age of 20.

The Lions will meet for the first time on June 13 for a pre-tour camp to Jersey. Those involved in the Premiership playoffs will compete when they are eliminated, or after the final of the English League on June 26.

Those who play in that final will not make the first match of the tour – against Japan at Murrayfield on the same day.

Then, on June 27, the Lions will fly to South Africa to begin their eight-game odyssey, which culminates in three tests against reigning World Champion Springboks.

The Lions have now not lost a streak since they last went to South Africa, in 2009, after beating Australia 2-1 in 2013 and a tie against New Zealand 1-1 in 2017.

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