Ireland's Henderson thrilled by Lions selection


Hogg toured Australia with the Lions four years ago, but did not play in any of the Tests, and turned out at stand-off in one low-key midweek match.

England captain Hartley has been omitted this time and his global understudy Jamie George set to travel.

Perhaps Gatland's most controversial selection decision was to overlook England captain Dylan Hartley, picking instead Hartley's under-study at global level Jamie George, as well as Rory Best and Ken Owens for the hooker slots.

Dylan Hartley has congratulated Northampton team-mates George North and Courtney Lawes on Twitter today after the pair where selected for the British and Irish Lions.

If there was heartache for Hartley, there was set to be uproar in Scotland.

But with Joe Schmidt preparing a squad for their tour of the United States and Japan, Best feels there is plenty for those harbouring disappointment to get their teeth into.

Warburton resigned as Wales captain, with lock Alun Wyn Jones leading the side in the Six Nations.

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The squad is made up of 16 England players, 12 from Wales, 11 from Ireland and two from Scotland.

"Ireland should have won the game with goalkicking but we did with a guy kicking from the sideline", Hansen said.

Gatland also opted to re-appoint Warburton as captain.

Sam Warburton has been confirmed as the Captain.

Wales flanker Sam Warburton, who led the Lions to a series win in Australia in 2013, was confirmed as Gatland's captain for the New Zealand tour.

Warburton, who has won 74 Wales caps and led his country in two World Cup campaigns, is now injured.

Speaking tothe Ulster Rugby official website, Henderson spoke of the moment that he discovered that he will be on the plane to New Zealand.

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Warburton said he would be "100 percent" fit for the start of the tour, despite sustaining a knee-ligament injury while playing for Cardiff Blues on April 7.

The Lions will play three Tests against the All Blacks in June and face all five New Zealand Super Rugby franchises as well as the New Zealand Maori (an unofficial fourth Test).

"I've become a better player since being part of the last Lions tour", he said.

New Zealand-born Lions coach Warren Gatland - who called it "the toughest tour" - gave surprise call-ups on Wednesday to Ireland fullback Jared Payne - also born in New Zealand - England wing Jack Nowell and Wales back-rower Ross Moriarty.

Warburton felt the captaincy would go to one of the current global skippers in the squad, but believes he is better prepared for the job now then four years ago when he led the Lions to victory over Australia.

The Australian may choose to rest the likes of Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw, George Ford, Joe Launchbury and Tom Wood, giving them a precious breather in a packed calendar.

In a radio interview Thursday, Hansen said Gatland seemed to be hoping the inclusion of players who took part in Ireland's historic first test win over the All Blacks previous year might rub off on the Lions. Dylan is very unlucky he's not in the squad.

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"It's one of those positions where we are absolutely spoilt for choice with the options we have".