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3 Irishmen Included In The First Lions Starting Team Of The 2017 Tour

3 Irishmen Included In The First Lions Starting Team Of The 2017 Tour
By Gavin Cooney
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The first Lions starting team of the 2017 tour is here.

The full squad - eleven of them Irish internationals - have landed in New Zealand for the most gruelling tour in the history of the Lions: three Tests against the world champions in the country they haven't been beaten since 2009, interspersed with games against Super Rugby teams eager for their pound of flesh.

They are also short of preparation time.

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The Lions landed today, and travel immediately for their first game: against the Provincial Barbarians on Saturday, with kick-off at 8.35am Irish time.

So scant is the preparation time, the Lions don't have time to have a referee into camp to run through the law changes that come into effect on the tour: they have to be content with an instructional video, instead.

Ahead of that first game, Warren Gatland has named his starting side for that opening game.

Lions Starting Team

15 - Stuart Hogg

14 - Anthony Watson

13 - Jonathan Joseph

12 - Ben Te'o

11 - Tommy Seymour

10 - Johnny Sexton

9 - Greg Laidlaw

8 - Toby Faletau

7 - Sam Warburton

6 - Ross Moriarty

5 - Iain Henderson

4 - Alun Wyn Jones

3 - Kyle Sinckler

2 - Rory Best

1 - Joe Marler

The replacements are Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Tadhg Furlong, George Kruis, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Owen Farrell, Jared Payne.

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