Finally, the wait is over, the British and Irish Lions squad has been announced. Warren Gatland’s 41-man squad has included some decisions which have even shocked the players themselves.
Most notably, Exeter and England winger, Jack Nowell’s inclusion was something not entirely expected by the Chiefs man. But, with the winger’s 11 tries for England in 23 appearances, it makes the No.14 more than a worthy inclusion; coupled with his all-round ability both in defence and attack, makes Nowell a worthy backup to play at 15, as well as Stuart Hogg and Leigh Halfpenny.
Another versatile Englishman to get the nod was Elliot Daly. Just 13 caps under Eddie Jones has seen the Wasps man recently excel at international level; evident by the try-scoring winner against the Welsh in the Six Nations, combined with his long range left boot, highlights how the centre/winger has plenty to offer in his locker come the All Blacks test, this summer.
However, there were plenty of notable omissions; ones which seem where form did not equate to selection for plenty of the Northern Hemisphere players:
With the selection this tour being regarded as one of the toughest for the committee, there was never going to be easy decisions following a very competitive Six Nations campaign:
“There is no clear number one, two or three in some positions. That is what makes us excited about the quality of the squad.
Whoever starts the first test against the All Blacks in Auckland can be sure to begin one of the most anticipated Lions tour for some years, and hopefully improve on the one win from 11 British and Irish Lions tours to New Zealand.