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Players And Pundits Around The Globe React To Gatland’s Divisive Lions Squad

British and Irish Lions Press Conference

With the announcement of the much speculated Lions squad to tour New Zealand this Summer, the debate as to what might transpire in June/July has kicked off in earnest.

Many of the picks were obvious, however, true to form, head coach Warren Gatland had a few surprises up his sleeves. The inclusion of Ross Moriarty has raised a number of eyebrows but is generally agreed to be merited on form. Naturally, English fans have been venting their frustration at the exclusion of captain Dylan Hartley and a number of other English 6 Nations stars.

As the full squad was announced, the rugby world had plenty to say and many saw the merit of Gatland’s selections.

Others meanwhile are looking for an explanation for some of the more glaring omissions and the surprise inclusions.

Meanwhile, pundits and players who’ve been debating the selection for weeks continue to make the case for their picks.

More were taking a whimsical approach to the news.

But at the end of the day, ex-Lion Will Greenwood probably summed it up best last night.

Nevertheless, the All Blacks will be surely eyeing up their opponents now that their identities are known. The tour begins on Saturday, June 3rd with a game against theΒ New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Toll Stadium, Whangarei.

The three test matches will be played on Saturdays June 24th, July 1st and July 8th. All matches on the tour have an 8.35am (GMT) kickoff. The Lions will be searching for only their second ever series win over New Zealand, only ever achieved once, back in 1971.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.