Good squad, but pressure on Lions: Hansen


"A lot of teams arrive in New Zealand and, I saw this in 2011 (at the World Cup), they weren't prepared for the stuff off the field".

Former Wales head coach Gatland is joined by England's Steve Borthwick and Graham Rowntree, Ireland's former England global Andy Farrell and Wales coaches Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins in his coaching team.

Unfortunately for the incumbent England captain, the New Zealand born hooker has not made the cut.

England provide the highest number of players to the squad, with 16 of their back-to-back Six Nations winning team to be involved.

Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour are the two Scotland tourists as brothers Richie and Jonny Gray miss out. The 30-year-old's previous impressive Lions form, though, might persuade Gatland to take him.

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More was expected this time after wins over Wales and Ireland in the Six Nations. And I just got that same feeling again.

However, former Scotland captain Andy Nicol felt Gatland's decision to only go for two Scots was "strange".

WALES star Sam Warburton has been announced as British and Irish Lions captain for this summer's New Zealand tour.

Johnson filled the role in South Africa 20 years ago and for the 2001 trip to Australia, with Warburton now matching his feat when the Lions head to New Zealand next month, having led them Down Under in 2013.

Sam Warburton was in a supermarket auto park, waiting for his wife to bring back the bread and milk, when British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland called to ask how he would feel about captaining the side again.

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As such, while there were selections like that of Sam Warburton as captain that were flagged well in advance, the former Blues and Crusaders man was considerably more unexpected.

So, with the extended Lions squad now known and with both head coaches extolling their own sides' respective strengths, the battle lines have been drawn and the countdown to the highly anticipated tour has begun.

The tour will take place from 3 June to 8 July, and will feature three tests against world champions New Zealand as well as a match with Maori All Blacks at Rotorua International Stadium, a week before the opening All Blacks game.

"I'm pretty happy that our guys got some confidence beating Ireland in Ireland". And Murray, who is set to miss Munster's European Cup semi-final with Saracens in Dublin this Saturday, is giving Gatland greatest cause for concern.

Nobody (at least nobody who is credible) has said that there should have multiple Scottish Lions or we are entitled to specific numbers in the squad.

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"He has earned the respect of his peers and coaches through his resilience, tenacity and hard work". We can talk about how strong our pack is or how good our defensive systems are or how we are going to hang on to the ball and pummel the Kiwis because they don't like it up 'em.