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Eight Irish Included As Lions Squad For South Africa Tour Named

Eight Irish Included As Lions Squad For South Africa Tour Named

Warren Gatland has announced his 37-man Lions squad for this summer's tour of South Africa.

It features eight Irish players: Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and Andrew Porter. There is no place in the squad for Johnny Sexton or James Ryan.

In addition, there are 11 players from Engand, 10 from Wales and eight from Scotland.

The squad will be captained by Alun Wyn Jones. It will be the 35-year-old Welshman's fourth tour.

Gatland had initially been expected to name a 36-man group but confirmed shortly before the announcement that it had been increased to 37.

2021 Lions squad to tour South Africa

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Mako Vunipola (England)
Wyn Jones (Wales)
Rory Sutherland (Scotland)
Andrew Porter (Ireland)
Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Hookers

Luke Cowan Dickie (England)
Jamie George (England)
Ken Owens (Wales)

Second rows

Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
Iain Henderson (Ireland)
Courtney Lawes (England)
Jonny Hill (England)
Maro Itoje (England)

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Back rows

Sam Simmonds (England)
Jack Conan (Ireland)
Tom Curry (England)
Toby Faletau (Wales)
Justin Tipuric (Wales)
Hamish Watson (Scotland)

24 June 2017; Tadhg Furlong of the Lions in action during the first test match against New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Scrum-halves

Gareth Davies (Wales)
Conor Murray (Ireland)
Ali Price (Scotland)

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Out-halves

Dan Biggar (Wales)
Owen Farrell (England)
Finn Russell (Scotland)

Centres

Chris Harris (Scotland)
Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Bundee Aki (Ireland)
Elliot Daly (England)

Wingers

Josh Adams (Wales)
Anthony Watson (England)
Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)
Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)

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Fullbacks

Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Liam Williams (Wales)

In all the Lions will play nine games this summer. Their scheduled fixtures begin on June 26th when they face Japan at Murrayfield. Their first game in South Africa, against the Stormers, will be played a week later.

The test matches against South Africa will be played on July 24th and August 7th in Johannesburg, and July 31st in Cape Town.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

See Also: Ronan O'Gara Says He Had No Approaches To Return To Irish Rugby

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