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The Telegraph Name 10 Irishmen In Their Lions Squad For 2017 Tour

The Telegraph Name 10 Irishmen In Their Lions Squad For 2017 Tour
By Mikey Traynor

The Telegraph have taken on the unenviable task of naming an early 37-man squad for Warren Gatland to bring to New Zealand next summer, and perhaps after beating the All Blacks we were hoping to see more of our men included.

That said, 10 Ireland players got the nod along with 14 Englishmen, 11 Welsh players, and just two Scots, and for the most part it looks a solid list.

The likes of Peter O'Mahony, Ultan Dillane, and Simon Zebo have been omitted which will no doubt upset some, but if this were to be the squad that Gatland named you would have to imagine there wouldn't be too many complaints, as there will likely be a few more English and Welsh when that announcement is made.

Here is the list in full:

Front row:
Jack McGrath (Ireland)
Mako Vunipola (England)
Cian Healy (Ireland)
Dan Cole (England)
Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
WP Nel (Scotland)
Dylan Hartley (England)
Rory Best (Ireland)
Jamie George (England)

Second row:
Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales)
Maro Itoje (England)
Devin Toner (Ireland)
George Kruis (England)
Joe Launchbury (England)

Back row:
Chris Robshaw (England)
CJ Stander (Ireland)
James Haskell (England)
Sam Warburton (Wales)
Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Billy Vunipola (England)
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Half backs:
Rhys Webb (Wales)
Conor Murray (Ireland)
Ben Youngs (England)
Dan Biggar (Wales)
Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
Owen Farrell (England)

Centres:
Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Jonathan Joseph (England)
Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Back three:
George North (Wales)
Liam Williams (Wales)
Anthony Watson (England)
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Rob Kearney (Ireland).

The inclusion of Rob Kearney and Cian Healy may raise a few eyebrows outside of Leinster, but they do claim that both Murray and Sexton after their performances against the All Blacks are currently the favourites to start next summer.

Jack McGrath was described as the best prop in the northern hemisphere too, which was nice.

Get in touch and let us know who you think was harshly left out, and who shouldn't be in there.

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[via Telegraph.co.uk]

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