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Gatland names 2013 British and Irish Lions squad


British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has announced his Lions squad

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Article Published: Wednesday 1 May 2013


2013 British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named his squad for the tour to Australia in June.

Jonny Wilkinson missed the call as Gatland preferred England's Owen Farrell and Ireland's Jonny Sexton as his two fly-halves for the trip to Australia.

England captain Chris Robshaw also misses the tour but England front rowers Dylan Hartley and Mako Vunipola while former England prop Matt Stevens was a surprise inclusion.

Scotland duo Stuart Hogg and New Zealand born winger Sean Maitland have been included.

The 37-strong party for the 10-match, three-Test series, which kicks off in Hong Kong on June 1, is made up of 15 Welshmen, 10 Englishmen, nine Irishmen and three Scotsmen and will be captained by Wales' Sam Warburton.

Tour Manager Andy Irvine said, "The announcement of a British and Irish Lions party is always a much anticipated and exciting event. "

"Selection for The Lions is the ultimate accolade and it is a great honour for all the players - they should be congratulated along with their clubs, provinces, regions and unions. "

"We are fortunate to select from the very best of four nations and there will be some quality players who have sadly not made selection and will rightly feel disappointed."

Warren Gatland said,"We spent a long time selecting this squad and there were some close calls with a lot of competition for places. But ultimately we chose the players who will give us the best chance of a Test series victory. "

"A Lions Tour to Australia only comes around once every 12 years and we believe we have the right balance in the squad to be successful.

"We have a tremendous challenge in front of us but I know the players will be dedicated to the adventure and task ahead."

2013 British and Irish Lions squad

Fullbacks
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales, Cardiff Blues),
Stuart Hogg (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors),
Rob Kearney (Ireland, Leinster)

Wings
Tommy Bowe (Ireland, Ulster),
Alex Cuthbert (Wales, Cardiff Blues),
Sean Maitland (Scotland, Glasgow Warriors),
George North (Wales, Scarlets)

Centres
Jonathan Davies (Wales, Scarlets),
Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland, Leinster),
Jamie Roberts (Wales, Cardiff Blues),
Manusamoa Tuilagi (England, Leicester Tigers)

Outside halves
Owen Farrell (England, Saracens),
Jonathan Sexton (Ireland, Leinster)

Props
Dan Cole (England, Leicester Tigers),
Cian Healy (Ireland, Leinster),
Gethin Jenkins (Wales, Toulon),
Adam Jones (Wales, Ospreys),
Matt Stevens (England, Saracens),
Mako Vunipola (England, Saracens)

Hookers
Dylan Hartley (England, Northampton Saints),
Richard Hibbard (Wales, Ospreys),
Tom Youngs (England, Leicester Tigers)

Locks
Ian Evans (Wales, Ospreys),
Richie Gray (Scotland, Sale Sharks),
Alun Wyn Jones (Wales, Ospreys),
Paul O'Connell (Ireland, Munster),
Geoff Parling (England, Leicester Tigers)

Back rows
Tom Croft (England, Leicester Tigers),
Toby Faletau (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons),
Jamie Heaslip (Ireland, Leinster),
Dan Lydiate (Wales, Newport Gwent Dragons),
Sean O'Brien (Ireland, Leinster),
Justin Tipuric (Wales, Ospreys),
Sam Warburton (Wales, Cardiff Blues)

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