Warren Gatland has this evening named his squad to take on the Provincial Barbarians in the first game of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
All 3 Scottish squad players have been called upon to form the spine of the backs with Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour joined by Englishman Watson in the back 3. Whilst late call up Greig Laidlaw will create a celtic flavoured half back partnership with Jonny Sexton.
Despite recently coming back from injury, Welsh flanker Sam Warburton will be skippering the side.
There have already been suggestions that this will be the dirt tracker midweek team, but considering a whole host of players can’t be considered due to club finals and playoffs, it makes sense that the Scottish players will feature due to having longer in camp.
“We have selected the majority of players who were together for the training weeks in Wales and Ireland,”
“We are all hugely excited about the first game; it’s a great opportunity for the starting XV and the whole match day squad to lay down a marker and get the tour off to a good start.”
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Lions squad to play Provincial Barbarians On June the 3rd:
Team: Hogg; Watson, Joseph, Te’o, Seymour, Sexton, Laidlaw; Marler, Best, Sinckler, Wyn Jones, Henderson, Moriarty, Warburton, Faletau.
Replacements: George, Vunipola, Furlong, Kruis, Tipuric, Webb, Farrell, Payne