Hogg selected for Lions' squad in NZ

Joseph looked set to miss out on selection.

"It wasn't the leadership and competitiveness - obviously Dylan Hartley has done a great job in terms of that for England - but if we picked Dylan and left out Jamie or Rory or Ken, we'd be asking the same questions". There is no place for his fellow lock Donnacha Ryan.

Furthermore, in a squad with hot-head-footballer-esque players such as Jonathan Sexton, Courtney Lawes and Owen Farrell you need a captain as experienced as Warburton who will now lead the Lions for a second time, equalling Martin Johnson's record.

Captain Sam Warburton is also sidelined, with a knee problem, as is Wales teammate Alun Wyn Jones who is struggling with a shoulder injury but Gatland is optimistic he will be fit before the end of the domestic season.

Gatland, who was born in New Zealand himself and played for provincial side Waikato, says too many sides arrive under-prepared for the challenges posed off the field in his native country, as well as on it. "There must be something wrong there", Telfer, who led the 1983 tour to New Zealand, told BBC Scotland. "In previous tours the midweek games tended to be a little easier, but when you look at the quality of the opposition we're facing in midweek it's going to be hugely challenging", he said.

"So the first week together we're going to be doing a bit of singing and a bit of choir practice to get that right".

The selection caps off a circuitous career for the 30-year-old Te'o, who moved to the Gold Coast from Auckland as a teenager after playing for the Junior Kiwis in rugby league.

Kyle Sinckler, Joe Marler, Mako Vunipola and Dan Cole are named among four England props along with the Ireland duo of Tadhg Furlong and Jack McGrath.

Hansen did say that it would have been an extremely hard squad to select, with the 57-year-old acknowledging the great depth in the talent pool that has developed among the four home nations, noting that while he would have selected England captain Dylan Hartley, they are still very strong in vital positions such as hooker and first-five.

CJ Stander and Peter O'Mahony are selected although there is no place for Munster team-mates Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo. Billy Vunipola is also selected as one of 22 forwards in total.

There are two Scots present in wing Tommy Seymour and full-back Stuart Hogg, with the remainder of the squad made up of 12 Welshmen and 11 players from Ireland.

England captain Hartley has been omitted this time and his global understudy Jamie George set to travel.

He added: "I didn't expect this".

"I found out last Thursday. I thought it was one of the Blues messing around".

Former Wales head coach Gatland is joined by England's Steve Borthwick and Graham Rowntree, Ireland's former England global Andy Farrell and Wales coaches Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins in his coaching team.

  • Julie Sanders