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Report: Irish Second Row Set For Surprise Inclusion In Lions Squad

Report: Irish Second Row Set For Surprise Inclusion In Lions Squad
By PJ Browne Updated
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Despite a superb performance in Ireland's win against England in the Six Nations, bar the odd shout, there has been little suggestion that Iain Henderson would be included in the Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand.

In today's Sunday Times, of their four pundits, just Peter O'Reilly named the Ulster second row in his squad.

Of course, the only opinion which really matters, in the end, is that of Warren Gatland. According to The Telegraph's Gavin Mairs, Henderson will be included in Gatland's 37 or 38-man squad when it is named on Wednesday.

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Henderson, who can play in the second row or a blindside flanker, would certainly bring versatility along with the physicality required to stand up against the All Blacks.

Mairs also reports that two English players are set for surprise inclusions.

Harlequins tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler, yet to start a game for England, is expected to be included by Gatland. The 24-year-old has made eight appearances off the bench for England.

Former Leinster centre Ben Te'o, who was born in New Zealand, is also strongly under consideration. Te'o moved to Worcester this season and made his England debut during the November internationals. He's made eight appearances in all for Eddie Jones.

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