The first 2017 Lions 23 has been selected.

Here we go! It’s about to take off.

The first 23 players have been selected to represent the British & Irish Lions on the 2017 tour to New Zealand. The NZ Provincial Barbarians will face a mixed side with five Englishmen, four Welsh, three Irish and three Scots.

Captain Sam

Sam Warburton captains the team with an all Welsh back row. None of the players that played in last weekend’s Pro 12 and English Premiership finals were considered. The squad arrived in New Zealand yesterday and have just three full days to hit the ground running.

Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz Lions
2017 British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand
The British & Irish Lions Arrive In New Zealand, Auckland Airport, New Zealand 31/5/2017
John Feehan, Sam Warbuton and head coach Warren Gatland during the welcome
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan / www.photosport.nz

It’s going to be interesting to see which way they play. Will they reveal the first seeds of a gameplan to defeat the All Blacks? Will they use Warrenball like we discussed here?

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Author: Gareth Dinneen

Gareth is from Limerick, Ireland and has been obsessed with the All Blacks and NZ culture since 1989. He first arrived in NZ in 2001 to tutor in New Media and has since worked with Weta Digital on movies like Avatar, King Kong, The Avengers and most recently Valerian. Gareth grew up listening to his father Len on sports radio. Len is known as ‘The Voice of Rugby’ in Munster, Ireland. The 1014 brings Gareth right back to his sports media roots.

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