30/04/2013

Bowe Only Ulsterman On Lions Squad

Tommy Bowe will be the only Ulsterman representing the British and Irish Lions during this summer's rugby tour of Australia.

In total nine Irishmen have been picked, including Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton.

There has been much surprise in the rugby community following the news that Ulster hooker Rory Best, who regularly represents Ireland at a high international level, has been left out.

In a further shock for Lions fans, England fly half Jonny Wilkinson and captain Chris Robshaw will also be missing out, although there has been talk of calling on Wilkinson in the event of an injury.

In total, the Lions squad will include 15 Welshmen, 10 from England, nine from Ireland and three Scots.

Kiwi coach Warren Gatland, who manages the Welsh team, picked the squad, which was announced today.

The Lions' tour begins against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on Saturday 1 June, before moving to Perth to play Western Force on Wednesday 5 June.

The tour will end in Sydney on Saturday 6 July, when the Lions play Australia.

(IT/CD)

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