Lions tour: Former England captain Steve Borthwick sympathises with Dylan Hartley's snub

Lions tour: Former England captain Steve Borthwick sympathises with Dylan Hartley's snub

Three surprises were Wales No.8 Ross Moriarty, Ireland centre Jared Payne and ex-NRL star Ben Te'o, while England prop Kyle Sinckler got the call even though all of his eight test appearances have come off the bench.

He was pretty battered and bruised after the Wales-Ireland game, so for him to front up the next week against England and play so well was really positive from my point of view.

One month after England were crowned RBS 6 Nations champions for a second successive year, they were rewarded by supplying the largest portion of the Lions squad numbering 16 players.

Hansen said he expects the Lions to play an uncomplicated style typical of what Gatland uses with the Wales team. "He'd go down well in New Zealand, they like that sort of player and admire so I think it would be interesting to see how he gets on". That's going to be important for us.

In the backs, New Zealand-born Ben Te'o, the England centre, provides a powerful midfield option, with Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton set to orchestrate the attack.

"I have a vested interest in seeing as many Scots on the tour as possible and Stuart Hogg has a terrific chance of starting in the Tests because of his attacking ability".

Wales back-rower Warburton, 28, who skippered the combined side on their victorious 2013 tour of Australia, becomes just the second man after England great Martin Johnson (1997 and 2001) to lead the Lions on two tours. You look at the 9-10 combinations too, Ireland, Wales and England. Again, Gatland's message was clear. "They'll have to do that well", said Hansen. He's got a little bit of a shoulder issue.

He said: "I was having a conversation with Nigel Owens [the Welsh referee] and saying, "Surely if a player comes up to you 10, 12 times a game, it's going to bug you", not just in refereeing, but in any walk of life?"

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"The pleasing thing is a lot of those players can believe that because they saw Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago".

Although Warburton stood down as captain of his country ahead of this season's Six Nations Championship - lock and fellow Lion Alun Wyn Jones took over - and is now sidelined by a knee injury, he has always been uppermost in Gatland's mind and was his leader in 2011. "So when they asked me this time around, it was an easy decision to say yes". "It's probably hard to do that, because the ideal scenario is that the captain and the vice-captain are playing together so there's no doubt we're going to need other players to fill the role in terms of captaining the team, Sam's going to need a lot of support and leadership from players".

Among those unfortunate to miss out are Chris Robshaw, Joe Launchbury, Cian Healy, Rob Kearney, and Jonny and Richie Gray.

But Gatland, nor any of his other coaches, have spoken to those players yet to remind them to stay fit, poised and ready to dash to the other side of the world if needed.

Jones previously stated he may look to rest some of his senior players if they miss out on Lions selection, but Steve Borthwick has indicated that Hartley will be present for the two Tests.

Former Scotland and Lions hooker Gordon Bulloch felt his countrymen's sparse representation in Warren Gatland's squad was somewhat predictable given the lack of influence among selectors.

"I feel humbled and extremely proud to be given the opportunity to captain the Lions for a second tour, and look forward to playing the world champions on their own turf with the best players of the United Kingdom and Ireland at my side".

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