There were plenty of surprises in Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions 37-man squad, but selecting Alun Wyn Jones as his captain was far less of a revelation and one which could galvanise the tourists in South Africa.
Now the dust is slowly starting to settle on the 37-man squad which Warren Gatland has selected for the British and Irish Lions tour, Joe Harvey and Chris Heal dissected the key decisions on Instagram Live.
Memories of a brutal series in 2009 against South Africa is an underlying theme in the 37-man squad named by Warren Gatland on Thursday + Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones on why he won't be the only leader against the world champions.
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has unveiled a 37-man squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, with Exeter's Sam Simmonds included whilst big names such as Johnny Sexton and Billy Vunipola miss out.
To discuss the British and Irish Lions squad announcement which takes place on Thursday, TRU were joined by the Daily Mail's Will Kelleher to discuss the captaincy and who might be the 'bolters' heading to South Africa,
The British and Irish Lions is often seen as the pinnacle of the game, but given the challenges which Covid-19 has thrown up, James Haskell feels the upcoming tour to South Africa won't carry the same sparkle.
The British and Irish Lions warm-up match against Japan clashes with the Premiership final, but now players will be released at the conclusion of their domestic commitments and for any training camp ahead of that fixture.
Sam Warburton has called for common sense to prevail as Premiership Rugby threaten not to release all of its players until after the British and Irish Lions' warm-up fixture against Japan on June 26th.
Following the British and Irish Lions coaching announcement on Tuesday morning, TRU’s Joe Harvey has written his thoughts as to how he thinks Warren Gatland’s Lions will shape-up for the tour to South Africa.
Following the announcement of the British and Irish Lions’ coaching announcement for the upcoming tour to South Africa, Warren Gatland, Gregor Townsend, Steve Tandy and Robin McBryde discussed this summer's trip to face the Springboks.