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Saints pair off to New Zealand with the Lions

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saints' Courtney Lawes and George North have been named in the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

For England lock Lawes, it will be a first trip with the famous touring side, while North heads down under for the second time having starred in the 2013 winning series against Australia.

They join an esteemed list of players, as well as coach Sir Ian McGeechan, to have earned Lions call-ups while with the Saints, Blair Swannell the first in 1899’s retrospective tour.

2017 BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS SQUAD

Props: Dan Cole, Tadhg Furlong, Joe Marler, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola

Hookers: Rory Best, Jamie George, Ken Owens

Locks: Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes

Back rows: Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton (capt)

Scrum-halves: Conor Murray, Rhys Webb, Ben Youngs

Fly-halves: Dan Biggar, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Sexton

Centres: Jonathan Davies, Robbie Henshaw, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te'o

Back three: Elliot Daly, Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, George North, Jack Nowell, Jared Payne, Tommy Seymour, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams

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