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The former Hawick full back, now with Glasgow Warriors, was selected along with clubmate and global colleague Tommy Seymour, making them the only two Scottish players named in coach Warren Gatland's squad - to be captained by Welshman Mark Warburton.

His impressive performances during the recent Six Nations tournament, in which he played all five of England's Tests under Australian-born coach Eddie Jones, have earned him a place in Warren Gatland's 41-man squad against the land of his birth.

He selected 12 from Wales, 11 from Ireland and a meagre two from Scotland: the full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour. I know that I need to get better and I've been working hard to get better.

"I would like to think (tour manager) John Spencer will speak and follow it by a song, a Welsh speaker, followed by song, someone speaking Irish, followed by song". You could have any of the three guys that have been selected.

"But there is huge competition".

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"We're honoured to have six of our players included in the squad", said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.

The 56-cap Wales player has impressed on the worldwide stage in recent years, establishing himself as his country's first-choice 10. "But unfortunately that's the way Lions selections go".

"This is the best Lions that we've seen come here for a long, long time".

"Here's hoping I can get a bit of game time and show what I've got and I'll be doing all I can to make that happen. You've got to play your game, and you've got to understand what you're good at and how you're going to attack them without the ball". I certainly wasn't that going into the last tour but I believe I am now.

But he is expected to be fit before the squad departs on May 29 for a tour that will feature a three-Test series against world champions New Zealand.

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"I was sitting on the couch with my wife and little Olivia as my son was sleeping in the other room". To have a few friendly faces on the trip is pretty good.

"He was fantastic in making sure that the team prepared properly, to be the best that they could be and he was selfless in that preparation and I think that helped him in his own preparation to be right for the full 80 minutes".

"They had no option but to accept the itinerary, really. Excited is the word and hopefully it will go well".

Gatland's squad will be aiming to become just the second Lions party to win a Test series in New Zealand, with the combined side's lone series success against the All Blacks coming in 1971 - when tour manager John Spencer, the former England worldwide, was in the squad.

"I was sitting there feeling half-nauseous, sick, sweating and then Hoggy came and picked me up. Not just before you get on the plane, but once you get into New Zealand as well".

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"If you are happy when you turn up for training every Monday, if you keep morale up, you are more likely to get more out of the boys on the field".