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Ten facts about the 2017 Lions squad

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named his squad for the tour to New Zealand this summer.

Here are some of the facts and figures behind Gatland's side.

* 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 tours.

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

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