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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.
@ballsdotie Matt Stevens is clearly in charge of all parties...
— Dodge (@seidodge) April 30, 2013
@ballsdotie reckon the plan is for Bowe to sing 'Black Velvet Band' non stop on all flights / buses
— Michael Friel (@micfriel) April 30, 2013
11.45: Early odds in breaking down the starting XV in the first test:
Betting on country to have most starters in the 1st test: 2/7 Wales, 3/1 Ireland, 10/1 England, 200/1 Scotland #LionsTour
— Hayley O'Connor (@hayleyladbrokes) April 30, 2013
11.42: If you're looking to rank the 2013 Lions in terms of seniority, we give you this tweet:
@ballsdotie Player by tours (4)O'Driscoll(3)Jenkins&O'Connell(2)Stevens,Wyn Jones,Croft,Heaslip,Roberts,Bowe,Halfpenny,Phillips & Kearney
— Father Peter File(@zCatholicPriest) April 30, 2013
11.39: An intriguing question from the AP's Rob Harris.
where would Matt Stevens feature on the David Cameron sporting role-model scale? Served a 2yr cocaine ban - now in Lions squad
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 30, 2013
11.36: If you want to relive the drama, here's footage of the squad announcement:
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.
Gatland is going down the bigger the better root. Hartley, Sheridan, Gray, Murray, Phillips, Lydiate, North, Cubhert, Manu, Kearney. #bosh
— Ireland's Answer (@AllThingsRugby1) April 30, 2013
11.29: Big question from the Lions tour: how are we going to get used to Graham Rowntree's ears?
— Beck Davis (@_BeckDavis) April 30, 2013
11.26: Munster watch the announcement in Limerick:
Can see O'Connell just beside the back door!. twitter.com/Munsterrugby/s…
— Seán(@SeanMarum) April 30, 2013
11.24: Ian Humphreys meanwhile disagrees with one selection:
Unbelievable best hooker in northern hemisphere not on Lions...
— Ian Humphreys (@iHumph) April 30, 2013
11.23: Not a shock where Frankie's sympathies are right now.
Gutted for Peter O'Mahony....
— Frankie Sheahan (@FrankieSheahan) April 30, 2013
11.22: I don't know about you, but Rob Henderson is shocked.
Thoughts please!?! I'm still a little shocked #Lionstime
— Rob Henderson (@robhendo13) April 30, 2013
11.20: How did you fare in Lions bingo? 'Where's the traditional bolter?' and 'Wales bias' were two possible marks.
— Mark Coughlan (@coffers83) April 29, 2013
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.
Heartbreak for Rory Best. Hartley preferred.
— Whiff of Cordite (@WhiffofCordite) April 30, 2013
11.13: And exhale....9 of the 37 strong travelling-party are Irish. Sam Warburton, as expected is captain.
Irish Lions - Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll, Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Paul O'Connell, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien
— Darren Cleary (@RadioCleary) April 30, 2013
11.04: As Andy Irvine, tour manager, explains why the Lions matter, here's a point of fact:
It's just not a montage without Eddie Butler doing the voiceover. #lions
— Dai Lama (@WelshDalaiLama) April 30, 2013
11.02. Will Greenwood is in the house...
— Nick Heath (@rugbymedia) April 30, 2013
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.
For once Lions squad seems not to have been leaked altho guessing the first 30 names easy enough. No exclusives out there that I can see!
— Brendan gallagher (@gallagherbren) April 30, 2013
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.
— Official RFU (@Official_RFU) April 30, 2013
And apparently some surprises are imminent.
Coaches telling journalists in London to expect real surprises and that no one got their predictions right
— Ruaidhri O'Connor (@RuaidhriOC) April 30, 2013