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LIVE BLOG: The 2013 Lions Squad Announcement

LIVE BLOG: The 2013 Lions Squad Announcement
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11.53: Matt Stevens eating a pie.

11.49: Breaking the Irish Lions down by county: Dublin has 3 Lions, Limerick has 2 while Monaghan, Louth, Carlow and Kildare will all have one representative.

11.46: We're getting some solid reaction to our question on Twitter about who'll DJ on tour now that Zebo has been omitted.

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11.45: Early odds in breaking down the starting XV in the first test:

11.42: If you're looking to rank the 2013 Lions in terms of seniority, we give you this tweet:

11.39: An intriguing question from the AP's Rob Harris.

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11.36: If you want to relive the drama, here's footage of the squad announcement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zasRXGNvUY8

11.32: Stuart Barnes has said on Sky that it's 'utterly mystifying' that Wilkenson is not on the plane (presuming he's available)

11.31: Bosh indeed.

11.29: Big question from the Lions tour: how are we going to get used to Graham Rowntree's ears?

11.26: Munster watch the announcement in Limerick:

11.24: Ian Humphreys meanwhile disagrees with one selection:

11.23: Not a shock where Frankie's sympathies are right now.

11.22: I don't know about you, but Rob Henderson is shocked.

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11.20: How did you fare in Lions bingo? 'Where's the traditional bolter?' and 'Wales bias' were two possible marks.

11.18: Warburton wore sweatpants as he was introduced. An ominous start to his captaincy.

11.17: Some might not have bet on this one:

11.16: Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Lions captain.

11.15: The most notable Irish omission is definitely Rory Best, who outduelled Hartley in December in the H-Cup.

11.13: And exhale....9 of the 37 strong travelling-party are Irish. Sam Warburton, as expected is captain.

11.04: As Andy Irvine, tour manager, explains why the Lions matter, here's a point of fact:

11.02. Will Greenwood is in the house...

11.01: It's on...Nostalgia reel to start things off. Gatland and his team are on stage in Lions jerseys.

10.54: A historical first: the rugger hacks are in the dark over this squad.

10.51: We've had our first social media fuckup of the Lions tour and it hasn't even started yet.

10.46: We're 15 minutes away from finding out who Gatland is bringing to Oz this summer...The anticipation is killing us.

And apparently some surprises are imminent.

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