Talking Points from British and Irish Lions squad selection for New Zealand tour

Maro Itoje is the youngest player in the squad
Maro Itoje is the youngest player in the squad

With the much anticipated British and Irish Lions squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand unveiled on Wednesday by head coach Warren Gatland, we take a look at few of the key points from the announcement.

* Gatland has selected 41 players in his squad.

* It consists of 16 English, 12 Welsh, 11 Irish and two Scottish players.

* England lock Maro Itoje is the squad's youngest player, aged 22.

* The Lions will play 10 games in New Zealand, including three Tests against the All Blacks.

* Two of the Test matches will be at Eden Park, Auckland, where New Zealand are unbeaten since 1994.

* The squad contains 25 players who will be on their first Lions tour.

* When the Lions last toured New Zealand in 2005, they lost the Test series 3-0.

* Reigning English and European champions Saracens provide six members of the squad.

* Sam Warburton becomes only the second player after Martin Johnson to captain the Lions on two different tours.

* Two players will feature on a third Lions tour - Wales internationals Leigh Halfpenny and Alun Wyn Jones.