British & Irish Lions: Warren Gatland announced – but who will tour New Zealand in 2017?

British & Irish Lions: Warren Gatland announced – but who will tour New Zealand in 2017?

British & Irish Lions: Warren Gatland announced – but who will tour New Zealand in 2017?

The announcement of Warren Gatland as the British & Irish Lions head coach for next summer has firmly whet the appetite for one of rugby’s greatest events.

But while Gatland’s retention of the role he held in Australia in 2013 was somewhat expected, the players who will tour New Zealand are a little less clear at this stage.

Here, our rugby writers Dan Connor and Alex Hannah list their preferred matchday squad and captain for the opening Test in Auckland, as well as five other players likely to make the plane and two surprise inclusions.

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15 Stuart Hogg
14 Anthony Watson
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Jamie Roberts
11 George North
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb

8 Billy Vunipola
7 Sam Warburton
6 Chris Robshaw
5 Alun Wyn Jones cheap modafinil australia (C)
4 Maro Itoje
3 WP Nel
2 Dylan Hartley
1 Cian Healy

Replacements

16 Rory Best
17 Mako Vunipola
18 Dan Cole
19 George Kruis
20 Taulupe Faletau
21 Conor Murray
22 Owen Farrell
23 Liam Williams

Five shoo-ins for the tour

Greig Laidlaw
Devin Toner
Jamie Heaslip
Jonathan Davies
James Haskell

Surprise inclusions

Marland Yarde
Justin Tipuric

 

Alex Hannah

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions – First Test

15 Stuart Hogg
14 Anthony Watson
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Jamie Roberts
11 George North
10 Owen Farrell
9 Rhys Webb

8 Billy Vunipola
7 Sam Warburton
6 Chris Robshaw
5 Maro Itoje
4 Alun Wyn Jones
3 WP Nel
2 Dylan Hartley (C)
1 Jack McGrath

Replacements

16 Rory Best
17 Cian Healy
18 Dan Cole
19 Richie Gray
20 Taulupe Faletau
21 Greig Laidlaw
22 Jonathan Joseph
23 Liam Williams

Five shoo-ins for the tour

George Kruis
Connor Murray
James Haskell
Mako Vunipola
Robbie Henshaw

Surprise inclusions

John Hardie
Alex Dunbar