Warren Gatland reveals hardest decisions in Lions squad

Warren Gatland reveals hardest decisions in Lions squad

The versatile 25 year old is one of three Ulster players selected by Lions head coach Warren Gatland for the 2017 tour of New Zealand alongside Ireland captain Rory Best and fellow global Jared Payne.

The Wales flanker will be the second player to captain the Lions twice, after England great Martin Johnson (1997, 2001).

New Zealand-born Lions coach Warren Gatland, has spoken to the BBC regarding the particular difficulties Lions tours.

Hartley, who recently led the English to a record-equaling 18 straight test wins, became the third England captain in succession to miss out on Lions selection, after Steve Borthwick in 2009 and Chris Robshsaw in 2013.

The Lions kick off their 10-match trip against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3, with the Blues, Crusaders, Highlanders, Maori All Blacks and Chiefs all on their agenda before the first of three Tests three weeks later. New Zealand, the current world champion and top-ranked team, hasn't lost a three-test series since 1994.

"I think this is the best British and Irish Lions that we've seen come here for a long, long time", Hansen said.

Ben Te'o scores a try for England in the Six Nations. They had a streak of 22 unbeaten Tests between June 2013 and October 2014, and another 17 match-winning streak between August 2015 and November 2016.

"I certainly wasn't that mature going into the last tour but now I fully believe I am and as I say I was a better player coming off the back of that".

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"It is all about how I am playing".

"If I felt I'd only scraped into the squad and they asked me to captain, I would have said I was not in the right frame of mind to do it", he said.

Scotland have just two representatives in Stuart Hogg, a likely starter at full-back, and fellow back Tommy Seymour. This video surfaced previous year when Furlong really announced himself on the Irish team, and we reckon we should send it on to New Zealand to strike absolute fear into their ranks ahead of the Lions Tour.

Back-rowers: Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton (c).

"I think this role is a bit easier [than Wales], because of the quality of the squad around him and the leaders from the other countries". But we know how tough it will be - this is the toughest tour.

Hartley lost out to England teammate Jamie George, who has been selected despite acting as understudy at hooker for his global captain Rory Best and Ken Owens.

"He likes his big ball carriers in the middle of the park and his big grunty forwards so that's what he's picked and I'd expect we'll get a similar game-style to whatever we've got when we've played a Warren Gatland team", Hansen said.

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