Warren Gatland expects Lions players to stick to curfew

Meads is tipping a tight Test series and expects Wales and Ireland to provide some attacking brilliance to the Lions through the backs, just as JPR Williams, Barry John and Gareth Edwards did in his day.

But Hogg was always a surefire certainty to tour and after serving his apprenticeship during the 2013 tour to Australia believes he is ready to claim a starting jersey.

Peter O'Mahony's performance in the RBS 6 Nations finale for Ireland against England was crucial to his selection for the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday, Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed.

Te'o exited the Rabbitohs for the 15-man game alongside Sam Burgess, who joined Bath in a high-profile move.

The two teams will meet three times in June and July after the Lions go through a hectic build-up having come together in the aftermath of the Premiership and Guinness PRO12 finals.

"New Zealanders love the Lions - there is a whole generation who could name the whole 1971 squad, people like me whose hero was Gareth Edwards".

Fitzpatrick believe his old All Black understudy Gatland has been "quite clever" with the makeup of his squad which will be led by an inspirational player (Sam Warburton) whom New Zealanders will warm to.

"Four of the players have come through the age-group system at the club and both Vunipola brothers arrived at Saracens under the age of 21, so their selection is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the players themselves, our coaching staff and support team".

"Whereas with New Zealand, any time we've been there with Ireland, it's a lot more hostile, everyone will know in the country what you're there for and you'll be in a gold fish bowl".

"If they can gel as a team and all the players get in the right psychological frame of mind, then they have a chance".

"It's one thing for Irish players to miss out on playing for Ireland because of an import, but is it fair that say, Scots, Welsh and English players should miss out on winning a place with the Lions for that same reason?"

"Traditionally the Six Nations is a game of attrition and not very expansive, but this was probably the best Six Nations I've seen in terms of the quality of rugby and the creation of space, and defensively it was also outstanding".

"I found out last Thursday when Gats called".

Scotland haven't been to New Zealand since 2000.

"I would obviously have loved to have seen other Scottish boys going, but you've got to look the squad - and the pressure Warren Gatland has been under to pick it".

Warburton resigned as Wales captain, with lock Alun Wyn Jones leading the side in the Six Nations.

"You have got to play our game".

"He's looked at what happened in '05, when they (the Lions) misread the atmosphere and got it totally wrong". A series win is what this team deserves and a failure to obtain it will be another step back in the battle between North and South to "rule them all" in the rugby world rankings.

  • Julie Sanders