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2013 Tour Squad

  • Brad Barritt

    Brad Barritt

    DoB1986-08-07 BirthplaceDurban Height1.86 m (6' 1") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre

    Bradley Michael BARRITT
    England Caps: 16 (10-1-5)
    England Points: 5 (1t)
    England Debut: v Scotland 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Brumbies 18/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

    Brad Barritt was called out to join the British & Irish Lions squad in Australia to act as midfield cover. He was on holiday in Los Angeles when he got the call and made his debut against the Brumbies two days after arriving in Sydney. His last game prior to the game in Canberra was in the Heineken Cup semi-final defeat against Toulon at Twickenham Stadium on 28 April.

    His staunch tackling and organisation have seen him become the cornerstone of England’s defence having played in 16 of their last 17 Tests. He made his international debut, alongside Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell, against Scotland at Murrayfield last year and he started every game in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
    He went on to play twice against his native South Africa during the summer tour but missed the second Test after an operation to repair a lacerated eyeball. The climax to his four starts in the 2012 November internationals was his maiden Test try in the record victory over New Zealand at Twickenham.
    His defensive attributes came to the fore when England beat Ireland 12-6 a

    Brad Barritt
  • Rory Best

    Rory Best

    DoB1982-08-15 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    Rory David BEST
    Ireland Caps: 67 (35-2-20)
    Ireland Points: 35 (7t)
    Ireland Debut: v New Zealand (rep) 2005

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Western Force 05/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 5 (2-0-3)

    Rory Best was called up to join the British & Irish Lions tour party the day before the squad left for Hong Kong and Australia in the wake of the suspension of Dylan Hartley. He was due to captain the Irish squad on their two-Test North American tour this summer, but instead joins his Ulster Rugby team mate Tommy Bowe with the Lions.
    Having graduated through the Ireland Under 21 team at the Junior World Cup in 2003, and then featured for Ireland A, Best’s 67-cap career with Ireland began against New Zealand in 2005. His first four appearances came off the bench before he posted successive victories over South Africa and Australia with his first two starts in 2006. He was first choice in Ireland’s 2007 Triple Crown campaign and shared the duties with Jerry Flannery in the 2009 Grand Slam season. He played for Ireland in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, starting in the Pool win over Australia two years ago, and has three wins to his credit in four outings as the Irish captain.
    Raised on the family farm in Poyntzpass, County Armagh, he studied agriculture at Newcastle University, where he was a member of the Newcastle Falcons Academy. He earned his first Ulster contract in 2004 after captaining Belfast Harlequins. He helped Ulster win the Celtic League in 2005/2006 and followed elder brother Simon as club captain in 2007. The two brothers had the distinction of packing down together in the front row for both Ulster and Ireland.
    He missed the whole of the 2009/10 season after undergoing neck surgery, but returned to forced his way into Ireland’s World Cup team and then helped Ulster reach the 2012 Heineken Cup final. Two days before the Lions squad left for Hong Kong he played in the Ulster side that lost to Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12 final in Dublin.
     

    Rory Best
  • Tommy Bowe

    Tommy Bowe

    DoB1984-02-22 BirthplaceCraigavon Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionWing

    Thomas John BOWE
    Ireland Caps: 51 (27-2-22)
    Ireland Points: 130 (26t)
    Ireland Debut: v USA 2004

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia: 5 (1-1-3), 5pts (1t)

    Tommy Bowe has won a place on his second British & Irish Lions tour, having been a shining light on the 2009 tour to South Africa where he played in all three Test matches.
    Bowe missed the 2013 RBS 6 Nations after surgery on a knee injury, but the deceptively quick and versatile back is ready to fire once again after glimpses of his quality in recent weeks.
    His ability to finish on a consistent basis at international level is there for all the Lions selectors to see with a formidable record of 26 tries in 51 appearances for Ireland added to the fact he can play on the right wing or centre.
    Bowe, a former Monaghan minor Gaelic footballer, made a try-scoring debut for Ulster against Connacht at the end of the 2003/04 season
    He made his Ireland bow versus the USA during the 2004 Autumn Internationals, becoming the first player from County Monaghan to win a senior international cap in 80 years.
    It was not until the 2008 RBS 6 Nations that Bowe, who had joined the Welsh region, the Ospreys, really established himself in the Irish national set-up. He scored two tries in that campaign and repeated that feat a year later as Ireland sealed their Grand Slam victory over Wales in Cardiff.
    His form saw him book a place on the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2009 where he was one of the stand-out performers. Bowe finished second behind Jamie Roberts for the Player of the Series. Individual accolades flowed in 2010 including the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship, the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year and the Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year.
    He returned to Ulster ahead of the 2012/13 season after a four year spell with the Ospreys where he enhanced his reputation as a deadly finisher.
    Injuries have curtailed his progress, with Bowe only recently returning to the field after a four-month lay-off following knee ligament damage sustained in the Heineken Cup game with Northampton Saints in December.
    Bowe made his comeback in April and scored in back-to-back games, his recent finish against Connacht a record breaking 50th Celtic League try.
     

    Tommy Bowe
  • Dan Cole

    Dan Cole

    DoB1987-05-09 BirthplaceLeicester Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Daniel Richard COLE
    England Caps: 40 (24-2-24)
    England Points: 5 (1t)
    England Debut: v Wales (rep) 2010

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 4 (2-0-2)

    Dan Cole has become the cornerstone of the England scrum since making his international debut as a replacement in the victory over Wales at Twickenham in 2010. The Leicester prop has missed just one of England’s last 41 Tests and started all five games in 2011 World Cup and both the 2012 and 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship. Never more has he had an impact in the white jersey than with his formidable performance in the 21-20 victory over Australia at Sydney in June 2010.
    Despite suffering a cut and badly swollen left eye, his sheer determination was hailed by team-mate Lewis Moody as inspirational, in only his seventh Test appearance.
    Born in Leicester, he is a former pupil of Martin Johnson’s old school in Market Harborough and began his rugby as a flanker with South Leicester RFC.
    He swiftly emerged through the Tigers Academy and spent two successful seasons on loan at Bedford Blues between 2006 and 2008.
    International honours began with his part in England U18 winning the Association European Rugby (AER) festival in Lille and he played in every game in the U19 Six Nations and IRB World Championship in 2006, in which he helped the side to a third place finish in Dubai.
    The following year, he was a member of the England U20 squad in the Six Nations Championship and went on to start all four England Saxons’ games in 2009, including three in the Barclays Churchill Cup.
    Working under the likes of British & Irish Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree at Welford Road, his Test career unfolded after just 21 senior starts for Tigers.
    Short-listed for PRA Young Player of the Year in 2009/10, he played in three successive Premiership finals and has become ever-present for England and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances for Leicester.
    His scored his one Test try with only his third cap, against Ireland in 2010.

    Dan Cole
  • Alex Corbisiero

    Alex Corbisiero

    DoB1988-08-30 Birthplace Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionProp

    Alexander Richard CORBISIERO
    England Caps: 18 (12-0-6)
    England Points: 0
    England Debut: v Italy 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Combined Country XV 11/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 0

    Alex Corbisiero was called up to join the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad from Argentina, where he was on tour with England. He was brought to Australia to replace the injured loose head prop, Cian Healy. Born in New York, he moved to England at the age of four and learned his rugby at the Hall School, Wimbledon, and playing through the age grades at KCS Old Boys, London Scottish, Cobham and London Welsh. He then joined the London Irish Academy and won honours at England Under 18, Under 19, Under 20 and Saxon levels. He also played for the USA Under 19 team, qualifying through birth, and was also eligible, via his grandfather, to play for Italy. He helped England Under 20 complete the Grand Slam in 2008 and made his full England debut against Italy in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations when he came in for the injured Andrew Sheridan. Since then he has played at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and was an ever present in the English front row in the 2012 6 Nations. He helped London Irish reach the Premiership final in 2009, but is moving on to join Northampton Saints next season after five seasons with the Irish. A knee injury wrecked his season, and seemingly his chances of playing for the Lions, but he returned to full fitness at the end of the season and was selected to tour with England in Argentina, where he won selection of the first Test against the Pumas. Then came the call from the Lions and he began winging his way from South America to Australia.

    Alex Corbisiero
  • Tom Court

    Tom Court

    DoB1980-10-06 BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia Height1.90 m (6' 3") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Thomas Gordon COURT
    Ireland Caps: 32 (18-1-13)
    Ireland Points: 5 (1t)
    Ireland Debut: v Italy (rep) 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Melbourne Rebels, 25/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 2 (1-0-1)

    Tom Court was called up to sit on the replacements bench against the Melbourne Rebels after Alex Corbisiero picked up a slight calf injury in the first Test win over the Qantas Wallabies. He became the fifth loose head prop to join the tour. Born in Brisbane, he was in the city at the time of the first Test visiting relatives having recently completed the Irish tour to the USA and Canada.
    He began his sporting career as a shot putter and was the Australian Universities Champion for three years running and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2002. He started playing rugby in 2004 and graduated from the lower ranks of the University of Queensland club to become a member of the Queensland Reds Rugby Academy. He played for New Zealand Province Manawatu before returning to Australia to feature in the Reds Super 14 squad.
    A mere 16 months after first playing rugby union seriously he was selected for the Ireland A side at the 2006 Churchill Cup. This was before he had played his first game for Ulster. He qualified to play for Ireland through his mother and his Irish grandparents. His grandfather was born in County Limerick.
    He was back at the Churchill Cup in 2008 and played for Ireland in the uncapped game against the Barbarians in Gloucester. He graduated to the Irish replacements bench for the 2009 RBS 6 Nations campaign and made his debut off the bench in the 38-9 win over Italy in Rome, playing his part in Ireland’s first Grand Slam season in 61 years.
    He played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, coming on as a replacement in Ireland’s Pool win over Australia, and now has 32 caps to his name. he helped Ulster reach the Heineken Cup final in 2012 and the RaboDirect PRO12 final this year, although they lost both games in Leinster.
     

    Tom Court
  • Tom Croft

    Tom Croft

    DoB1985-11-07 BirthplaceBasingstoke Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionLock

    Thomas Richard CROFT
    England Caps: 38 (22-0-16)
    England Points: 20 (4t)
    England Debut: v France* 2008

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 03/06/2009 v Golden Lions
    Test Record v Australia: 5 (2-0-3)

    Tom Croft’s selection for the British & Irish Lions owes as much to his character and determination as it does to the athleticism that has helped him stand out for the past six years. In April 2012, he feared his career was over after fracturing vertebrae in three places in helping Leicester Tigers to a crucial win over Harlequins.
    He was told by his specialist that he had come as close as was possible to being paralysed yet following surgery to insert a metal plate and four screws into his neck, he has made a remarkable return to top flight rugby.
    After taking his first step back against Worcester Warriors, the blindside flanker appeared for England a year since his previous cap, off the bench against Italy in this year’s RBS 6 Nations, before starting against Wales in Cardiff.
    This will be his second Lions tour despite initially being omitted from 2009 squad for South Africa.
    Not only was he called upon to replace the suspended Alan Quinlan before the tour party departed, but scored a try on his debut against the Golden Lions and then became the first forward in Lions’ history to score two tries against the Springboks during the first Test in Durban.
    In contrast, it had taken 21 appearances since making his Test debut against France in 2008 before scoring his maiden try for England. That was against Samoa in November 2010, though the following week, he fractured his right shoulder blade against South Africa.
    He claimed his second try on his return the following February, against Scotland, his third against Romania in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, in which he started all five games, and his fourth set up a famous win over France in Paris last year.
    Fast and agile, Croft took his first rugby steps with Newbury before switching to the Leicester Tigers Academy and excelled for England Schools and the U21 side that won the Grand Slam in 2006.
    He became a member of the England Sevens’ squad the following year and scored a try in the 17-13 triumph over New Zealand Maori in the 2007 Churchill Cup final at Twickenham.

    Tom Croft
  • Alex Cuthbert

    Alex Cuthbert

    DoB1990-04-05 BirthplaceGloucester Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionWing

    Alexander Charles Gordon CUTHBERT
    Wales Caps: 18 (9-0-9)
    Wales Points: 45 (9t)
    Wales Debut: v Australia (rep) 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Barbarians 01/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 5 (0-0-5) – 5pts (1t)

    Alex Cuthbert scored two tries in the RBS 6 Nations finale against England, to help Wales defend their Championship crown and deny the auld enemy a first Grand Slam in a decade. What made the feat all the more staggering was the fact that the 23-year-old scored with a grade-2 tear of his hamstring.
    In total, the Cardiff Blues wing crossed the whitewash four times during the RBS 6  Nations to become the tournament’s top try scorer in 2013. He clearly has a nose for the line with nine tries for Wales in 18 Tests and 22 from 31 for the Blues.
    Remarkably he only took up rugby at the age of 16 while at Hartpury College, where he was coached by former Wales international coach Allan Lewis.
    He had previously focused on competitive show jumping, athletics and football, where he had been a promising striker on the books of Gloucester City.
    But he turned his attention to rugby and first came to the attention of Wales selectors while playing for Marauders RFC in the Middlesex Sevens. He was invited to train with the Wales Sevens Squad and later moved to Cardiff to study Sports and Business Development at UWIC.
    He has twice represented Wales Sevens in Hong Kong, where Warren Gatland’s men kick-off the 2013 tour against the Barbarians on June 1. He reached the Bowl Final in 2010, in a team that also contained Wales flanker Justin Tipuric.
    He soon graduated to the Blues academy and plied his trade for Cardiff RFC before enjoying a meteoric rise in the last two years.
    The 6ft 6ins, 17 stone flyer made he debut for the Blues in September 2011 and was quickly selected by Warren Gatland following the World Cup.
    He made his international debut in Wales’ December Test with Australia in the same year and has started all but one of his country’s matches since.

    Alex Cuthbert
  • Jonathan Davies

    Jonathan Davies

    DoB1988-04-05 BirthplaceSolihull Height1.86 m (6' 1") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    Jonathan James Vaughan DAVIES
    Wales Caps: 36 (20-0-16)
    Wales Points: 45 (9t)
    Wales Debut: v Canada 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 6 (0-0-6), 5pts (1t)

    Jonathan Davies has become an integral part of Wales’ midfield since making his international debut on the tour of North America in 2009.The Scarlets star has formed a formidable partnership with Jamie Roberts – with the duo becoming Wales’ most capped centre combination overtaking a previous British & Irish Lions duo of Steve Fenwick and Ray Gravell – to propel their country to back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles.
    Renowned for his attacking nous, he is also strong in defence and has been central in Wales’ record-breaking rearguard action that kept four consecutive clean sheets in theRBS 6 Nations.
    Although born in Solihull, England, he moved to west Wales at a young age and began his rugby career at Whitland RFC, the same club as scrum-half Mike Phillips represented. He played age-grade rugby with Llanelli RFC and soon graduated to the Scarlets, where he has now made more than 100 appearances.
    His early years at the west Wales region were hampered by injuries, notably a serious knee complaint during the Under 19 World Championships in 2006.
    But he was a key component in the Wales Under 20 side that reached the Junior World Championships semi-finals in 2008, under the leadership of Sam Warburton and alongside Leigh Halfpenny .
    After making his senior debut against Canada, he scored two tries against USA and was retained in Warren Gatland’s autumn squad.By 2011 the 25-year-old had established himself as a first-choice centre for Wales and he featured in every match of their march to the World Cup semi-finals. He also started every encounter of their 2012 and 2013 Championship triumphs.
    He has 36 Tests and nine tries to his name, including a try in Wales’ agonising 25-23 loss to Australia in June, 2012..

    Jonathan Davies
  • Ian Evans

    Ian Evans

    DoB1984-10-04 BirthplaceJohannesburg Height2.04 m (6' 8") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionLock

    Ian Richard EVANS
    Wales Caps: 30 (16-1-13)
    Wales Points: 5 (1t)
    Wales Debut: v Argentina 2006

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 2 (0-1-1)

    Ian Evans has become an ever-present feature in the Wales set-up and played in every match of their back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles. He is one of five members of the Ospreys pack heading to Hong Kong and Australia with the 2013 British & Irish Lions.
    Despite playing just 30 matches for his country, he has already racked up three Championship crowns. He was even described as Wales’ lucky charm having gone unbeaten in the tournament until this season’s loss to Ireland.
    He began playing rugby at Abercwmboi RFC before joining Pontypridd RFC and then Swansea RFC. While at the All Whites he was picked up by the Ospreys academy. The giant lock represented Wales at both Under 19 and Under 21 level and was part of the latter side’s Grand Slam in 2005, where he formed an impressive boiler house partnership with Bradley Davies.
    He made his Ospreys debut in the same year and he was soon called into the Wales senior set-up, making his debut against Argentina in June 2006.
    He galloped 60 metres to score a memorable try on his debut against the Pumas but has failed to cross the whitewash for his country since.
    The 28-year-old was then part of the Wales side that claimed a 29-29 draw with Australia in the following autumn but from there his international career became intermittent due to a succession of knee injuries.
    He returned during 2008 and played an integral role in the 2008 Grand Slam but was again derailed by injury, this time chest and ankle problems.
    Nonetheless, he stayed injury free at the beginning of 2011 and despite missing out on the World Cup he forced his way back into Warren Gatland’s plans for the December Test with the Wallabies.
    He has since established himself as one of the first names on the Wales team-sheet and started every match of their triumphant Six Nations campaigns in 2012 and 2013.

    Ian Evans
  • Taulupe Faletau

    Taulupe Faletau

    DoB1990-11-12 BirthplaceTofoa, Tonga Height1.89 m (6' 2") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionBack row

    Tangaki Taulupe FALETAU
    Wales Caps: 26 (14-0-12)
    Wales Points: 10 (2t)
    Wales Debut: v Barbarians 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 4 (0-0-4)

    Toby Faletau burst onto the international stage in 2011 and has established himself as one of Wales’ most consistent performers. The Tongan-born No.8 has started 26 of their 29 matches since making his debut against the Barbarians and has played his part in two RBS 6 Nations titles.
    Toby is renowned for his athleticism and is equally effective with ball in hand or in defence with a tireless work-rate. The 22-year-old moved to South Wales in 1998, when his father, Tongan lock Kuli Faletau, joined Ebbw Vale. He grew up with cousins and England internationals Billy and Mako Vunipola, whose father Fe’ao also moved to the steel-making town.
    Faletau was picked up by Newport Gwent Dragons while studying at Bristol Academy of Sport at Filton College. He made his regional debut against Edinburgh in 2009.
    Later that year he was selected by Wales Under 20s and he featured heavily in the 2010 Six Nations and Junior World Cup.
    His scintillating form for the Dragons saw him force his way into the senior set-up. He was an unused squad member throughout the autumn and RBS 6 Nations but picked up the Young Player award for the Magners League, Welsh Rugby Writers association and Welsh Rugby Players Association.
    He made his international debut against the Barbarians in June, 2011, becoming the first Pacific Islander to represent Wales. He retained his place in Warren Gatland’s squad for the World Cup and announced himself as a global star. He started all seven of Wales’ matches and was the tournaments top ball carrier and tackler, with a 100 per cent completion rate.
    The Dragons powerhouse has continued to excel for both region and country, making 57 appearances for the Gwent region and playing an integral role in Wales’ Championship success.

    Taulupe Faletau
  • Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell

    DoB1991-09-24 BirthplaceWigan Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionOutide half / Centre

    Owen Andrew FARRELL
    England Caps: 16 (9-1-6)
    England Points: 154 (11c 43p 1d)
    England Debut: v Scotland 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

    Owen Farrell has taken senior rugby by such a storm that has was nominated for the 2012 IRB Player of the Year award. The Saracens outside half missed out to All Blacks captain Richie McCaw for the top award, although three days later he played a vital role in England’s record win over New Zealand with 17 points at Twickenham.
    However, his nomination alongside Dan Carter and Frederic Michalak capped a staggering rise in such a short space of time.
    And now he will create history alongside defence coach Andy Farrell as the first father-and-son to tour on the same British & Irish Lions tour.
    His uncle, Sean O’Loughlin, captained Wigan and also played rugby league for both England and Great Britain. Five years ago, Owen became the youngest player at the time to make his debut in the professional game, less than one month after his 17th birthday, and his combination of game management, kicking and a strong defence saw him make a swift impact.
    He represented England at U16, as captain, U17 and U18 and was part of the England U20 team that won the Grand Slam in 2011 and reached the IRB Junior World Cup final.
    That final in Italy, against New Zealand, came just a month after Farrell scored 17 points in Saracens 22-17 won over Leicester Tigers in the Premiership final.
    He made his Test debut in the 2012 Calcutta Cup game against Scotland at centre before he was handed the No 10 jersey against Wales. He played in each of England’s next 15 Test matches, including a man of the match display against Ireland in this year’s 6 Nations, until thigh injury ruled him out of the match against Italy.
    A product of St George’s School in Harpenden, he is studying Business at Hertfordshire University.

    Owen Farrell
  • Ryan Grant

    Ryan Grant

    DoB1985-10-08 BirthplaceKirclady Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Ryan GRANT
    Scotland Caps: 10 (5-0-5)
    Scotland Points: 0
    Scotland Debut: v Australia 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Combined Country XV 11/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (1-0-0)

    Ryan Grant was called into the British & Irish Lions squad on Friday, 7 June to provide cover for the injured Gethin Jenkins. He was preparing to play for Scotland against Samoa in South Africa before boarding a plane from Johannesburg bound for Brisbane. He arrived in Australia in time to join the Lions on their trek to Newcastle for he fourth game of their tour, taking him back to the Hunter Stadium venue at which he made a winning start to his Scottish career a year earlier in the 9-6 win over the Qantas Wallabies – Scotland’s first win on Aussie soil in 30 years. He also featured in further summer tour Test victories in Samoa and Fiji last year, the first time the Scots had gone undefeated on tour. The only game he has failed to start since his debut was the defeat to Tonga in Aberdeen. His reputation as a strong scrummaging and highly mobile prop grew throughout the 2013 RBS 6 Nations campaign.
    Although born in Scotland, he was educated at the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and joined the Army after school. It was while serving with the Royal Signals, from where he played for the Army and the Combined Services, that he made his Scotland U21 debut against France in 2006. He also featured in all five games in the IRB World Junior Championships in France that same year. He made his Scotland A debut in Perth against Italy in 2007, while still an apprentice with Border Reivers, and switched to Edinburgh in the summer of 2007. He went on to win two more ‘A’ caps in 2011 and 2012, crossing for a try against Italy at Galashiels, by which time he had transferred from Edinburgh to Glasgow Warriors to make a clean sweep of the Scottish professional teams. He was named in Scotland’s 40-strong provisional Rugby World Cup squad in 2011, but didn’t make the cut.
    His two tries in the Warriors’ demolition job on reigning champions the Ospreys at Scotstoun was critical in steering his club into the RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Offs, and earning him a place in the tournament’s end of season ‘Dream Team’. In addition to playing rugby, he is also an RADI adventure diver.
     

    Ryan Grant
  • Richie Gray

    Richie Gray

    DoB1989-08-24 BirthplaceRutherglen Height2.05 m (6' 9") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock

    Richard James GRAY
    Scotland Caps: 31 (13-0-18)
    Scotland Points: 5 (1t)
    Scotland Debut: v France (rep) 2010

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (1-0-0)

    Richie Gray wins selection for his first Lions tour having become one of the stand-out performers in the Scotland pack since making his international debut in 2010.
    The former Kelvinside Academy student, who played his club rugby at Glasgow Hawks before joining Glasgow Warriors in 2008, represented Scotland at every age-grade level from U17-U20. He was heavily involved for Scotland U20s in the 2009 Six Nations and captained the side in their 35-20 victory over Ireland. By the end of the tournament he had started every match and he repeated the feat during the Junior World Championships in Japan.
    Gray made his senior debut the following year, coming off the bench in Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations defeat to France. He continued to make an impact as a replacement and earned his first start in the autumn international against New Zealand in Edinburgh.
    Since then Gray has amassed 31 caps, scoring his first and so far only try in a man of the match performance against Ireland in 2012.
    He was a key part of the Scotland side that claimed a famous victory over Australia in Newcastle last June, playing every minute and making a colossal 17 tackles in the 9-6 success.
    His 2013 RBS 6 Nations was cut short due to a hamstring injury picked up against Wales – a setback that means the 23-year-old hasn’t featured since that narrow loss at Murrayfield in March.
    On the domestic stage, Gray left Glasgow Warriors to join Sale Sharks after four years in 2012, but left the Aviva Premiership club at the end of April. He will join the French side Castres Olympique in July, but will be 'Unattached' during the Lions tour.
     

    Richie Gray
  • Leigh Halfpenny

    Leigh Halfpenny

    DoB1988-12-22 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight81 kg (12 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Stephen Leigh HALFPENNY
    Wales Caps: 44 (21-0-23)
    Wales Points: 294 (12t 18c 66p)
    Wales Debut: Test Debut: v South Africa 2008

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) 1-1-0-0
    Lions Debut: 06/06/09 v Cheetahs
    Test Record v Australia: 7 (0-0-7) - 61pts (1t 4c 16p)

    Leigh Halfpenny won the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Tournament title with 40% of the votes after steering Wales to a successful defence of their title. The full back scored 74 points to end the competition as the leading scorer for the second season in a row. He won the Man of the match awards during Wales’ victories in Paris and Rome and now has 294 points in 43 appearances for his country.
    He launched his career at Gorseinon RFC, along with Ospreys and Wales outside half Dan Biggar, and became their first British & Irish Lion since Lewis Jones in 1950 when he was selected for the 2009 tour to South Africa. Injuries blighted his trip as he arrived late and left early, making only one appearance against the Cheetahs.
    Having been discarded by the Ospreys, he moved to join the Cardiff Blues Academy and quickly established himself in their side. He played for Wales in the Under 19 and Under 20 Junior World Cups, playing under Sam Warburton’s leadership, and won his first senior cap as a wing against South Africa in November, 2008.
    His first 20 appearances for Wales were all on the wing before he took over as full back when he came on as a replacement against Samoa in Hamilton in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He reverted back to the wing for the wins over Namibia and Fiji before starting at full back for the first time for Wales in the World Cup quarter-final against Ireland. Since then he has started 21 of the last 22 Welsh internationals in the No 15 jersey, missing only the Barbarians game last summer.
    He was Man of the Match in the narrow defeat to Australia at the Millennium Stadium in the Autumn, a game in which he was carried off on a stretcher after tackling Dave Dennis head on. He has scored 58 points in six games against the Wallabies since October, 2011.
     

    Leigh Halfpenny
  • Cian Healy

    Cian Healy

    DoB1987-10-07 BirthplaceClontarf Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionProp

    Cian HEALY
    Ireland Caps: 39 (16-3-20)
    Ireland Points: 10 (2t)
    Ireland Debut: v Australia 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 3 (1-1-1)

    Cian Healy is highly regarded as one of the best loose-head props in European rugby, having helped Leinster lift the Heineken Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
    His presence in the front-row has been a key weapon for club and country and handed his team-mates a solid attacking platform. Since winning his first cap for Ireland - versus Australia in November 2009 - he has made himself a firm fixture for his country.
    On his last appearance against the Wallabies at the 2011 World Cup, he delivered a man-of-the-match performance when Ireland won 10-6 at Eden Park and he will hope to repeat the feat on his first British & Irish Lions tour.
    He launched his career at Clontarf RFC and made his Leinster debut in the final home game of the 2006/07 season when he replaced Reggie Corrigan late on against Border Reivers. He was part of the Ireland U20 side which clinched the Grand Slam in 2007.
    He won a RaboDirect PRO12 winners' medal with Leinster in 2008 before he came to the fore a year later, featuring 24 times for Michael Cheika's side. He toured with Ireland A and clinched the Churchill Cup in the summer of 2009
    Since his international debut, Healy has given Ireland the edge in games against top-class opponents such as South Africa, Australia and England.
    At club level, he played an integral part in Leinster's double European success. He crashed over for a crucial try in an away win over Clermont Auvergne and repeated the feat against Ulster at Twickenham to hand Leinster a third Heineken title in four seasons.
    In January 2013, Healy signed a new three year deal with Leinster Rugby and the IRFU. His 2013 Six Nations campaign was cut short through suspension following a citing.

    Cian Healy
  • Jamie Heaslip

    Jamie Heaslip

    DoB1983-12-15 BirthplaceTiberias, Israel Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionNo 8

    James Peter Richard HEASLIP
    Ireland Caps: 57 (27-3-27)
    Ireland Points: 40 (8t)
    Ireland Debut: v Pacific Islanders 2006

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia: 3 (1-1-1)

    Jamie Heaslip makes his second tour appearance with the British & Irish Lions to follow on from his successful 2009 trip to South Africa.
    The Leinster and Ireland back-rower was a smash hit four years ago and was one of just five players to play in every minute of the enthralling three Test-match series. Since then, Jamie has gone from strength to strength, adding two more Heineken Cup winners medals to his first collected in 2009, being nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year award and gaining the Irish captaincy. He took over the latter role from Brian O'Driscoll.
    Born in Israel, where his father, Brigadier General Richard Heaslip, was on duty with UNIFIL ( United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon),  Jamie returned to Ireland to play in school at Newbridge College, then local club Naas before moving on to Dublin University. He starred for his country in the 2004 IRB U21 World Cup in Scotland, where Ireland finished as runners-up to New Zealand.
    His outstanding performances saw him nominated for the IRB U21 World Player of the Year award. He was called into the Leinster squad in the 2004/05 season and he won his first Ireland cap against the Pacific Islands in the Autumn of 2006, becoming the 1,000th player to represent the Emerald Isle.
    He won the RaboDirect PRO12 title with Leinster in 2008 and was a member of the victorious Ireland team that claimed the 2009 RBS 6 Nations Championship and Grand Slam before touring to South Africa with the Lions.
    As well as his IRB International Player of the Year nomination, Jamie's consistent performances have put him into the Celtic League Dream Team for four successive seasons. He captained Leinster in their Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Stade Francais Paris.
     

    Jamie Heaslip
  • Richard Hibbard

    Richard Hibbard

    DoB1983-12-13 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionHooker

    Richard Martin HIBBARD
    Wales Caps: 23 (12-0-11)
    Wales Points: 5 (1t)
    Wales Debut: v Argentina (rep) 2006

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 3 (0-0-3)

    Richard Hibbard emerged as Wales’ top choice hooker during the 2013 RBS 6 Nations title triumph, playing in four of the five games. At club level at the Ospreys he has had to fight with Grand Slam hooker Huw Bennett for recognition and this season had 2009 British & Irish Lions test hooker Matthew Rees and Ken Owens to deal with. A product of local rugby in Aberavon, he launched his career at Taibach and Aberavon Quins before playing for the Wizards. A hugely physical player, he played rugby league for Aberavon Fighting Irish and made one appearance for the Wales A rugby league side in their 28–18 win over England in Aberavon in 2003. He moved to Swansea, where he played 81 matches, and his Ospreys debut came against Munster in the opening game of the 2004/05 season. He has since helped the region win four RaboDirect PRO12 titles and the EDF Energy Cup. His first Welsh call-up came for the 2006 tour to Argentina, when he came off the bench in the first Test against the Pumas in Puerto Madryn to join fellow Ospreys debutants Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones. His first six caps were all gained away from home and he made his first start in the second Test againt South Africa in 2008. His RBS 6 Nations debut came off the bench against England in 2011 and he was a replacement in all five matches in that campaign. His first RBS 6 Nations start came against France in round two this year and he bagged his first Welsh try in the win over Scotland at Murrayfield. He toured Australia with Wales in the summer of 2012, coming on as a replacement in the second Test.

    Richard Hibbard
  • Stuart Hogg

    Stuart Hogg

    DoB1992-06-24 BirthplaceMelrose Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionFull back

    Stuart William HOGG
    Scotland Caps: 15 (5-0-10)
    Scotland Points: 15 (3t)
    Scotland Debut: v Wales (rep) 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (1-0-0)

    Stuart Hogg was capped for Scotland at U17, 18 and 20 levels before eventually winning his first senior cap as a replacement for Max Evans in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations game against Wales in Cardiff at the age of 19. Two weeks later he marked his first start with a try against France.
    Born in the Borders, he learned his rugby with Hawick Wanderers, Hawick and Heriot's before joining Glasgow Warriors. His father, John, played at full back in a championship winning side at Hawick and his elder brother Graham played for Scotland in the IRB World Sevens Series.
    He made his professional debut for Glasgow while still only 18 and played at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship later in the same year. In his first full season at Glasgow he was named Warriors Young Player of the Season and Players' Young Player of the Season. To crown a magnificent start to his career he was voted Young Player of the Year in the RaboDirect PRO12. This season his form was crucial in helping the Warriors reach the Play-Offs.
    He was in the Scottish side that beat Australia in Newcastle in the summer of 2012 and has been an ever-present in the Scottish side in their last 14 Tests, scoring tries in the RBS 6 Nations games against England and Italy.
     

    Stuart Hogg
  • Gethin Jenkins

    Gethin Jenkins

    DoB1980-11-17 BirthplaceLlantwit Fardre Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Gethin David JENKINS
    Wales Caps: 98 (44-2-52)
    Wales Points: 20 (4t)
    Wales Debut: v Romania 2003

    British & Irish Lions: 2005 (Arg/NZ), 2009 (SA) Tests: 5 (0-0-5)
    Lions Debut: 04/06/2005 v Bay of Plenty
    Test Record v Australia: 12 (1-1-10)
     

    Gethin Jenkins equals the Welsh record of being selected for three British & Irish Lions tours having earned his place on the 125th anniversary tour to Hong Kong and Australia. A member of world rugby's '100 Cap' club, he played in four games in Wales’ 2013 RBS 6 Nations title winning campaign, captaining his country in the vital final day win over England at the Millennium Stadium. The former Treorchy, Pontypridd, Celtic Warriors and Cardiff Blues prop is among a small band of Welshman to have won the Grand Slam on three separate occasions (2005, 2008 and 2012). 
    He won Welsh honours at Welsh Schools U18, U19 and U21 levels and made his Wales A debut against Uruguay in 2001. He made the step up to senior international rugby against Romania in Wrexham in November, 2002 and is now his country’s most capped front row forward and second behind Marytn Williams in the all-time forward rankings.
    Jenkins played in all 10 Grand Slam games in 2005 and 2008, scoring the first try against Ireland in the decider in 2005, and became Wales’ 125th captain when he led the side against South Africa in 2007.
    He was involved in the Welsh matchday squads for every RBS 6 Nations game between 2003-09 and he also featured in every game of the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. Jenkins was a part of the British & Irish Lions’ first all Wales front row since 1955 when he packed down with Matthew Rees and Adam Jones against the Springboks in 2009 before a broken cheekbone ended his tour and he was sent home.
    He helped the Blues win the Amlin Challenge Cup and EDF Energy Cup. After eight seasons with the Blues he moved to French side Toulon, but has recently announced his return to Blues for 2013/14 season. He helped Toulon win the Heineken Cup final for the first time this season, coming on as a replacement in the 60th minute at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in a 16-15 win over ASM Clermont Auvergne. He became only the ninth Welsh player to win a Heineken Cup winners medal.
     

    Gethin Jenkins
  • Adam Jones

    Adam Jones

    DoB1981-03-08 BirthplaceAbercrave Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Adam Rhys JONES
    Wales Caps: 88 (44-3-41)
    Wales Points: 10 (2t)
    Wales Debut: v England (rep) 2003

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 2 (0-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia: 8 (1-0-7)
     

    Adam Jones wins a place on his second Lions tour having won his fourth RBS 6 Nations title earlier this year.
    The 32-year-old reaffirmed his position as one of the best tighthead props in the world as he joined Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Jones and the legendary trio of Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams in a select group of Welshman to have won the Grand Slam three times.
    He started his domestic career at Neath, made his Wales debut against England in 2003 and has and has two international tries to his name, against Scotland in 2004 and England in 2010.
    A constant member of Wales' 2005 Grand Slam winning team, Jones was selected for his second successive World Cup in 2007, making two appearances, against Canada in Nantes and against Australia at the Millennium Stadium.
    In 2008, Jones featured in four matches of the Grand Slam-winning campaign, against England, Scotland, Ireland and France.
    He was then among 13 Welsh players initially selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa.
    After shoring up the Lions' scrum as a replacement in the first Test, Jones started the second international alongside fellow countrymen Jenkins and Matthew Rees.
    This was the first time an all-Welsh front row was selected for a Lions Test match since Billy Williams, Bryn Meredith and Courtney Meredith achieved the same feat in 1955.
    Jones missed the final international in Johannesburg, however, having been forced home after the heart-breaking 28-25 second Test defeat in Pretoria after dislocating his right shoulder.

    Adam Jones
  • Alun Wyn Jones

    Alun Wyn Jones

    DoB1985-09-19 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionLock

    Alun Wyn JONES
    Wales Caps: 70 (32-0-38)
    Wales Points: 35 (7t)
    Wales Debut: v Argentina 2006

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia: 8 (1-0-7)

    Alun Wyn Jones missed the opening two rounds of this year’s RBS 6 Nations with a shoulder injury but returned to help Wales to their fourth title in nine years and his second since making his Wales debut in 2006.
    He burst onto the international scene as part of the Wales U21 Grand Slam winning team in 2005 and won the Best Newcomer award in the Welsh Premiership with Swansea in the same season. He then joined the Ospreys, making fifteen appearances in his first season with the region.
    His superb form in his debut season with the region led to Jones being picked for Wales' summer tour to Argentina in 2006, where he played in both games at blindside flanker, gaining his first caps at senior level.
    Jones was named in the national squad for the 2006 autumn internationals, starting against the Pacific Islanders and coming off the bench for the clashes with Canada and New Zealand. He also featured for Wales in every game of the 2007 RBS 6 Nations.
    Jones was named in Gareth Jenkins' 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, making try-scoring appearances in Wales' Pool B encounters with Canada and Japan, and featuring in the starting line-up for the two defeats at the hands of Australia and Fiji.
    January 2008 saw Jones included in Warren Gatand's RBS 6 Nations squad and the 27-year-old made three appearances in the Grand Slam winning side against England, Ireland and France, missing out on the remaining fixtures due to an injury picked up after the initial match of the campaign.
    He was back in action in November of that year when he was one of Wales’s most consistent performers against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and, after a fine domestic season, was selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa where he partnered Ireland’s Paul O’Connell in each of the three Tests.

    Alun Wyn Jones
  • Rob Kearney

    Rob Kearney

    DoB1986-03-26 BirthplaceDundalk Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFull back / Wing

    Robert KEARNEY
    Ireland Caps: 46 (19-3-24)
    Ireland Points: 37 (7t 1c)
    Ireland Debut: v Argentina 2007

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3(1-0-2), Points: 5 (1t)
    Lions Debut: 03/06/09 v Golden Lions
    Test Record v Australia: 4(1-1-2)

    Rob Kearney returns for his second tour with the British & Irish Lions with the aim of emulating his world class performances of four years ago.

    Ireland's full back took over from the injured Lee Byrne in the first international against South Africa and produced some scintillating displays throughout the Test series, claiming the Lions' solitary try in the Battle of Pretoria in the second rubber.

    The double European champion is dominant under the high ball, has a big left boot and is a clever broken-field runner who should be suited to the hard, fast tracks of Australia.

    Kearney played Gaelic football as a youth for Louth in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship and was a stalwart in the Clongowes Wood College school rugby side. He made his Leinster debut against the Ospreys in September 2005 at the age of 19, just months after helping University College, Dublin to a McCorry Cup victory over Trinity College.

    Eddie O'Sullivan awarded Kearney, who represented his country at schoolboy, U19 and A level, his first Ireland cap against Argentina in the summer of 2007.

    He played in the 2008 RBS 6 Nations, but it was a year later when Kearney produced his most spectacular form. Kearney was a permanent feature in the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and the Leinster side that lifted the Heineken Cup before his stand-out tour with the Lions in South Africa.

    A knee injury against the All Blacks in November 2010 cut his season short and he missed out on Leinster's second European triumph but returned in time to play in his first Rugby World Cup in 2011.

    He won the Heineken Cup with Leinster for the second time in 2012 when his nine appearances yielded six tries and earned him the prestigious ERC Player of the Year award. He was a try scorer in Leinster's Amlin Challenge Cup final win over Stade Francais Paris.

    Rob Kearney
  • Dan Lydiate

    Dan Lydiate

    DoB1987-12-18 BirthplaceSalford Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionBack row

    Danny John LYDIATE
    Welsh Caps: 27 (12-1-14)
    Welsh Points: 0
    Wales Debut: v Argentina (rep) 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 7 (0-0-7)

    Dan Lydiate missed more than six months of action, including this year’s autumn internationals and the RBS 6 Nations, with successive ankle and hamstring injuries before making a welcome return for Newport Gwent Dragons in March.
    Lydiate was raised in Llandrindod Wells and is a product of the Dragons academy. He was an ever-present member of the Wales U20 back row for the Six Nations campaign in 2006/07 and progressed to the Dragons senior side at the end of that season.
    Early in the 2007/08 campaign he suffered a serious neck injury in a Heineken Cup group match away to Perpignan which ruled him out for the rest of the season and raised doubts as to whether he would ever play again. He recovered to become a mainstay in the Dragons side, however, and his performances for the Gwent region caught the attention of Wales coach Warren Gatland in 2009.
    The blindside flanker has made a huge impact on the international scene since making his debut for Wales as a replacement against Argentina four years ago. Lydiate established himself in the No 6 shirt in the 2010 autumn series when coach Shaun Edwards described him as Wales’ best player across the four Tests.
    He made five appearances at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, helping Wales to the semi-finals where they were narrowly defeated by France. He formed part of an extremely effective back row unit in New Zealand, alongside regional colleague Toby Faletau and Wales, and now Lions, captain Sam Warburton.
    Lydiate finished second on the tournament's top-tacklers list, behind only fellow 2013 Lions tourist Faletau.
    In the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Lydiate received the Player of the Tournament award after featuring in every game bar the opener against Ireland and receiving man of the match awards against Scotland and France.

    Dan Lydiate
  • Sean Maitland

    Sean Maitland

    DoB1988-09-14 BirthplaceTokoroa, New Zealand Height1.89 m (6' 2") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionWing

    Sean Daniel MAITLAND
    Scotland Caps: 5 (2-0-3)
    Scotland Points: 5 (1t)
    Scotland Debut: v England 2013

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 0

    Sean Maitland will follow in the footsteps of Arthur O’Brien, Pat McEvedy and Riki Flutey as New Zealand-born players who have played for the British & Irish Lions when he makes his debut. Although born in Tokoroa, Maitland father is Scottish. A product of the same school as head coach Warren Gatland, Hamilton School for Boys, he was playing his rugby in New Zealand until Glasgow Warriors signed him on a three-year contract from this season. He arrived in Scotland in October, 2012 and made his Warriors debut in the Heineken Cup clash with Castres Olympique on 7 December. He won his first Scottish cap after a mere six appearances for his new club and became the first Scotsman to score a try on his RBS 6 Nations debut when he scored in the defeat against England in round one. He currently has five caps.
    He was in the New Zealand U19 team that won the IRB World Championship in Belfast in 2007, beating Sam Warburton’s Wales team along the way, and then featured in a New Zealand side that won the inaugural IRB World Junior Championships in Wales in 2008 by beating Ireland, the hosts and then England in the final.
    He was on the bench for the Crusaders when they beat the Waratahs in the 2008 Super Rugby final and was a losing finalist in 2011. In the latter campaign he scored a record four tries in one game against the Brumbies. He also played in four successful Canterbury sides that won NPC titles between 2008-2011. In all, he scored 20 tries in almost 50 games for Canterbury and made more than 50 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders.
     

    Sean Maitland
  • Conor Murray

    Conor Murray

    DoB1989-04-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionScrum half

    Conor MURRAY
    Ireland Caps: 19 (6-2-11)
    Ireland Points: 5 (1t)
    Ireland Debut: v France (rep) 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (1-0-0)

    Conor Murray earns selection for his first British & Irish Lions tour having established himself as Ireland’s first-choice scrum-half. The 24-year-old now has 19 international caps to his name having made his Test debut against France in a World Cup warm up in Bordeaux in August 2011.
    His first senior appearance for his country came after just 10 RaboDirect PRO12 games for Munster, of which only six were starts. His fine form and obvious promise saw him replace 2009 Lions selection Tomas O’Leary and Ireland veteran Peter Stringer as the number one No9 at his province and he has now replicated that position in the national side after a running battle with Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss.
    He started each of his team’s Championship fixtures in February and March after doing the same in the autumn Tests against South Africa and Argentina and the three-Test summer tour of New Zealand. He has therefore been an ever present in the Ireland starting XV for the past 10 Tests and only missed 33 minutes of action throughout the entire RBS 6 Nations.
    His first, and so far only, Test try in the second international against the All Blacks in June of last year as Ireland came agonisingly close to an historic success.
    International honours at U20 level in the same season that the Lions were last on tour in South Africa preceded his step up to the senior Ireland side and a year later he represented Garryowen FC in the Irish Cup Final and Munster A in the British and Irish Cup Final.
    A product of the Munster Academy, he was a RaboDirect PRO12  winner with Munster in 2011, just over a year after making his first-team debut against Connacht.

    Conor Murray
  • George North

    George North

    DoB1992-04-13 BirthplaceKing's Lynn Height1.92 m (6' 4") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionWing

    George Philip NORTH
    Wales Caps: 31 (15-1-15)
    Wales Points: 60 (12t)
    Wales Debut: v South Africa 2010

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 5 (0-0-5), 5pts (1t)
     

    George North will make the switch from Scarlets to Northampton Saints following this summer’s British & Irish LIons tour to Australia after the Aviva Premiership side won the race for his coveted signature. Ever since marking his debut for the Scarlets with two tries against Benetton Treviso at the beginning of the 2010/11 season the King’s Lynn-born winger has enjoyed an incredible scoring record.
    At 18 years and 214 days, he became the youngest player ever to score a try on his debut for Wales. The previous record holder was Tom Pearson, who was aged 18 years, 238 days when he scored against England in 1891.
    He also became the youngest player to have scored two tries on his debut, with the opposition being a major rugby nation and the youngest player ever to have scored two tries against a major rugby nation, whether on his debut or not.
    He made a huge impression at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, scoring two tries against Namibia and one against Fjii, making him the youngest try scorer at a Rugby World Cup, aged 19 years and 166 days. He ended up topping the tournament statistics for most metres gained (509m) and defenders beaten (24).
    In February 2012 he broke yet another international record when his try in the opening Six Nations win against Ireland made him the youngest player in rugby history to score 10 international tries.
     

    George North
  • Sean O'Brien

    Sean O'Brien

    DoB1987-02-14 BirthplaceCarlow Height1.89 m (6' 2") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionBack row

    Sean Kevin O’BRIEN
    Ireland Caps: 27 (12-2-13)
    Ireland Points: 10 (2t)
    Ireland Debut: v Fiji (rep) 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (1-0-0)
     

    Sean O’Brien will be making his first British & Irish Lions tour having been uncapped by his country the last time Britain and Ireland’s elite were in the southern hemisphere.

    The 26-year-old flanker made his Ireland debut against Fiji in November of 2009 and has since established himself as a key member of the Ireland pack.

    O’Brien has started all but one of Ireland’s last 15 matches in the RBS 6 Nations and now has 27 caps to his name. He was an ever present in this year’s Championship, playing the full 80 minutes in four of the five fixtures.

    He has started in all three back row positions for Ireland but has now made the openside flank his own. O’Brien has worn the No7 shirt in his last 15 starts for his country, with his last start elsewhere coming on the blindside flank back against France in August 2011.

    He was forced to sit out Ireland’s autumn Tests against South Africa and Argentina following hip surgery and has featured in approximately a third of Leinster’s competitive fixtures this season.

    The Leinster Academy product won Heineken Cup crowns with the senior side in 2011 and 2012 and was named ERC Player of the Year during the first of those continental triumphs. He also started in the Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais Paris in Dublin, earning himself and his team another major Euriopean title.

    He was chosen as the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year in the same season before being named as one of the Top Five Star Players at the 2011 World Cup. He was a member of the Ireland U20 squad that won Grand Slam honours in 2007 and has also made eight appearances for his country at U21 level.

    Sean O'Brien
  • Paul O'Connell

    Paul O'Connell

    DoB1979-10-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionLock

    Paul Jeremiah O’CONNELL
    Ireland Caps: 85 (50-2-33)
    Ireland Points: 30 (6t)
    Ireland Debut: v Wales 2002

    British & Irish Lions: 2005 (NZ), 2009 (SA) Tests: 6 (1-0-5)
    Lions Debut: 04/06/2005 v Bay of Plenty
    Test Record v Australia: 7 (2-1-4)

    Paul O’Connell will be making his third successive British & Irish Lions tour, completing a full house of southern hemisphere adventures having previously travelled to New Zealand and South Africa. The 33-year-old second row skippered the Lions on their last tour four years ago, leading the side to a third-Test victory over the Springboks and winning widespread plaudits for his captaincy efforts.
    He has started the last six Lions Test matches after being named in the first XV for the games against the All Blacks in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland and the Boks in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg.
    He will start the  tour with a total of 11 appearances for Britain and Ireland’s elite behind him, with five of those coming in 2005 and a further six in 2009. The Munsterman has won 85 caps for his country, with just six of those coming from the replacements’ bench. He made his senior Ireland debut against Wales in 2002 and first captained the side two years later.
    He has played in three Rugby World Cups, in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and helped Ireland win the Triple Crown in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He tasted Grand Slam glory in 2009, starting all five fixtures as Ireland claimed a first clean sweep in 61 years.
    He captained Ireland at the start of 2012, but a knee injury brought his Championship campaign to a premature end and he was forced to sit out the summer tour of New Zealand. A back problem then prevented him from playing in the autumn internationals against South Africa and Argentina and the entire 2013 RBS 6 Nations campaign. He missed most of the domestic season as well, playing just twice in October before finally returning to action in early April.
    A double Heineken Cup winner, having first claimed European club rugby’s biggest prize in 2006 before captaining Munster to a second success in 2008., he led Munster to the semi-final stage of Europe's top tournament this season.

    Paul O'Connell
  • Brian O'Driscoll

    Brian O'Driscoll

    DoB1979-01-21 BirthplaceDublin Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre

    Brian Gerald O’DRISCOLL
    Ireland Caps: 125 (75-2-48) 
    Ireland Points: 245 (46t 5d)
    Ireland Debut: v Australia 1999

    British & Irish Lions: 2001 (A), 2005 (Arg/NZ), 2009 (SA) Tests: 6 (1-0-5), 5pts (1t)
    Lions Debut: 08/06/2001 v Western Australia
    Test Record v Australia: 14 (4-1-9), 23pts (4t 1d)

    Brian O’Driscoll is heading on his fourth British & Irish Lions tour - only the third player in 125 years to do that after five-times tourists Willie John McBride and Mike Gibson. He is also the second most capped player in rugby union history with 131 Test appearances – 125 for Ireland and 6 with the British & Irish Lions – and the game’s seventh highest Test try scorer with Bryan Habana on 47. He has captained Ireland to 52 wins in 83 matches, including four Triple Crowns and the 2009 Grand Slam, and was the Lions tour captain in New Zealand in 2005. He has made 17 appearances, and scored seven tries, in four successive Rugby World Cup tournaments, and led Ireland to a Pool victory over Australia in 2011. He has four wins, a draw and four tries to his credit in 14 Tests against the Wallabies for both Ireland and the Lions.
    Born in Dublin, and a product of the famous Blackrock College, he made three appearances for the Irish School U18 team in 1996 and was in the Declan Kidney coached Ireland U19 team that won the IRB Junior World Cup in 1998. He made his Leinster debut in 1999 and has since helped his province to win three Heineken Cup titles and two RaboDirct PRO12 crowns.
    He won his first Irish senior cap on the 1999 summer tour to Australia, and played in all four of Ireland’s games at the 1999 World Cup, scoring his first try against the US Eagles. He added to his growing reputation by scoring a wonder try for the Lions against Australia in 2001. He was nominated for the 2002 IRB World Player of the Year award.
    He was voted Player of the Tournament for the 2006, 2007 and 2009 RBS 6 Nations, but on three occasions has been pipped for the World Player of the Year award, in 2001, 2002 and 2009.
    He married actress Amy Huberman in July, 2010, and the couple’s first child child, Sadie, was born just hours before this season’s RBS 6 Nations clash with England on 10 February, 2013.
     

    Brian O'Driscoll
  • Geoff Parling

    Geoff Parling

    DoB1983-10-28 BirthplaceStickton Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionLock

    Geoffrey Matthew PARLING
    England Caps: 17 (10-1-6)
    England Points: 5 (1t)
    England Debut: v Scotland (rep) 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)
     

    Geoff Parling has underlined his importance to England by playing in their last 17 Test matches since making his debut against Scotland in 2012. He is one of five players from Leicester Tigers in the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad.
    The Leicester second-row has proved invaluable to the national team with a series of telling performances in which he proved the dominant force at the lineout as well as a leading tackler. He also claimed his first international try against Scotland at Twickenham in February, the first England lock to score an RBS 6 Nations try in seven years.
    Born in Stockton-on-Tees, higher representative honours have beckoned Parling since he appeared for England U16, U18, U19 and U21. He represented England in the U21 Six Nations and IRB Junior World Championships in both 2003 and 2004.
    A product of the Newcastle Falcons Academy, he became a first-team regular in 2005/6, often as a blindside flanker, and won the club’s Player of the Year award.
    He spent six years at the Flacons, captaining them for a time during 2006/7 in the absence of Wallaby star Matt Burke before joining Leicester in 2009.
    He lifted the Premiership title in his first season, on his way to England Saxons selection for the matches against Ireland A and Italy A in 2010 before touring Australia and New Zealand with England that summer.
    He appeared against the Australian Barbarians in Perth and New Zealand Maori in Napier but missed out on Test selection.
    Neck and knee injuries virtually wiped out the 2010/2011 campaign though returned to make his Test debut off the bench at Murrayfield and a first start against Wales at Twickenham.
    He has come to the fore this year with his first Test try against Scotland, the leading line out ball winner in the next match against France and the joint top tackler, with 17, alongside Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood against Wales in the final game.

    Geoff Parling
  • Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    DoB1982-08-29 BirthplaceCarmarthen Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionOutside half / Scrum half

    William Michael PHILLIPS
    Wales Caps: 77 (37-2-38) 
    Wales Points: 40 (8t)
    Wales Debut: v Romania 2003

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 3 (1-0-2), 5pts (1t)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia: 9 (0-0-9)
     

    Mike Phillips started all three Tests during the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa and has since secured two RBS 6 Nations winners’ medals The scrum-half started every match of Wales’ latest Championship success and returned to his best with a rousing performance against England. Renowned for his physicality, he is often seen as a fourth back-row forward and is a menace around the fringes.
    It was in the back-row that he began playing rugby while at Whitland RFC in west Wales before moving on to Carmarthen RFC. He came through the Scarlets ranks as an understudy to 2005 tourist Dwyane Peel and made a try-scoring international debut against Romania in 2003, having represented Wales U21.
    He starred for Wales during the 2004 tour of North America, but a lack of first-team opportunities at the Scarlets saw him switch to Cardiff Blues. He continued to flourish but remained in Peel’s shadow until making the Wales No9 jersey his own in 2008, after moving onto the Ospreys. He was an integral member of the Wales side that won the 2008 Grand Slam and was selected on the Lions tour of South Africa the following year.
    He played in six matches in South Africa, including all three Tests, and he scored in the opening encounter with the Springboks in Durban.
    Since 2009 he has remained one of the first names on Gatland’s team-sheet and he started every clash of Wales’ consecutive Championship crowns.
    He joined Bayonne in 2011 and proved the move hadn't hampered his performance  with his barnstorming RBS 6 Nations displays.

    Mike Phillips
  • Jamie Roberts

    Jamie Roberts

    DoB1986-11-08 BirthplaceNewport Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionCentre / Wing

    Jamie Huw ROBERTS
    Wales Caps: 53 (27-0-26)
    Wales Points: 25 (5t)
    Wales Debut: v Scotland 2008

    British & Irish Lions: 2009 (SA) Tests: 2 (0-0-2)
    Lions Debut: 30/05/2009 v Royal XV
    Test Record v Australia 5 (1-0-4)

    Jamie Roberts will follow in the famous footsteps of Teddy Morgan, Jack Jones, Tuan Jones, Jack Matthews and JPR Williams as Welsh rugby playing doctors who have toured with the British & Irish Lions, having recently qualified as a doctor from Cardiff University after eight years of studying at university. He had spent three years as a student by the time he made his debut on the wing for Wales against Scotland at the beginning of the 2008 Grand Slam winning RBS 6 Nations campaign.He went on start in all of Wales' autumn internationals in the centre, before suffering a fractured skull in a sickening collision with Australian skipper Stirling Mortlock.
    The following season the Cardiff Blues centre was selected to play for the Lions on the 2009 tour of South Africa where he formed a formidable partnership with Brian O’Driscoll.
    Roberts was named the Lions’ ‘Player of the Series’ after superb performances in the first two Tests. After his 2008 Grand Slam triumph with Wales, Roberts added a second Grand Slam to his CV in 2012 before a third RBS 6 Nations title win followed in this year.
    He also impressed as Wales made the semi-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, scoring two tries as Warren Gatland’s side made the final four before losing to France.
    Roberts represented Wales at U19 and U21 levels, and was part of the U21 Grand Slam winning Six Nations team in 2005. He was then called into the Wales Sevens squad in March, 2006 for the Adelaide and Hong Kong legs of the 2006 IRB Sevens World Series. At club level, Roberts played for Cardiff RFC in 2005/06 before making his debut for Cardiff Blues against the Ospreys in 2007. He has since gone on to make more than 85 appearances for the Blues, helping them to become the first Welsh side to lift silverware in Europe when they won the Amlin Challenge Cup with a final win over Toulon in Marseille in 2010.
    After seven years with the Blues, Roberts announced he will play his club rugby in France next season.
     

    Jamie Roberts
  • Johnny Sexton

    Johnny Sexton

    DoB1985-07-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionOutside half

    Jonathan SEXTON
    Ireland Caps: 36 (16-1-19)
    Ireland Points: 282 (3t 33c 65p 2d)
    Ireland Debut: v Fiji 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 2 (1-0-1), 24pts (7p 1d)
     

    Jonny Sexton wins selection for his first Lions tour having proved he has recovered from a spate of injury problems that blighted his 2013 RBS 6 Nations campaign by steering Leinster to victory in the Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais Paris. He picked up the man of the match award as Leinster made it three European titles in a row.
    A three-time Heineken Cup winner with his home province, in 2009, 2011 and 2012, he exploded on to the European scene in 2009 when he took over from the injured Felipe Contepomi in the semi-final against Munster at Croke Park. He scored 11 points in the final, including a crucial drop goal, and then notched a match-winning 28 points against Northampton Saints in the 2011 showpiece in Cardiff. He went on to score a further 14 points in the 2012 victory over Ulster to make it 54 points in three European finals.
    A product of St Mary’s College in Dublin, he won caps for Ireland Schools U18 and Ireland U21 before making the first of 11 appearances for Ireland A in the Churchill Cup in 2009. He went on to kick 15 points in the final as the Irish routed England Saxons.
    Contepomi’s departure for France allowed Sexton to start the 2009/10 campaign as Leinster’s top choice No 10 and he marked his first full Irish cap with a man of the match performance as he provided 16 points to a comprehensive win over Fiji in Dublin. He kept his place for the next game against South Africa, ousting Ronan O’Gara for the first time in a battle that is still running. He made two appearances off the bench in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations and shared the jersey with O’Gara throughout the 2011 championship. Sexton started the first two Pool matches at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, including the win over Australia, but then found himself back on the bench behind O’Gara for the next three games, including the quarter-final defeat to Wales.
    He re-established himself as first choice and started in the last 12 Irish Tests dating back to the 2012 RBS 6 Nations before he tore a hamstring in the defeat to England this season. He was deemed fit to resume against Italy in the final round, but tore a tendon in his foot in the week leading up to the Rome encounter.

    Johnny Sexton
  • Matt Stevens

    Matt Stevens

    DoB1982-10-01 BirthplaceDurban Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight125 kg (19 st 9 lb) PositionProp

    Matthew John Hamilton STEVENS
    England Caps: 44 (24-0-20)
    England Points: 0
    England Debut: v New Zealand (rep) 2004

    British & Irish Lions: 2005 (Arg/NZ)
    Lions Debut: 04/06/05 v Bay of Plenty
    Test Record v Australia: 2 (1-0-1)

    Matt Stevens has been enticed out of international retirement to make a second tour with the British & Irish Lions. He played six times on the 2005 tour to New Zealand. Born and raised in South Africa, he earned representative honours for Western Province, South African Universities and the Junior Springboks at Under 18 and Under 19 level, before deciding to move to England to pursue his university studies. He obtained a BSc in Politics and Economics from Bath University and, having joined Bath in September, 2002, worked hard enough to earn five appearances as a replacement at the end of his first season. A British passport holder, he played for England U21 in the 2003 IRB Junior World Cup and then enjoyed a meteoric rise into the England strata. He made his Test debut against New Zealand as a replacement on the 2004 summer tour and his first England start came against Ireland in the 2005 RBS 6 Nations. He played in seven games at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including the final against South Africa when he replaced skipper Phil Vickery.
    Equally at home on either side of the scrum, he helped Bath reach the Amlin Challenge Cup final in 2007 and win the title in 2008. His career was almost destroyed in January, 2009 when he failed a drugs test and received a two-year ban. Having made 74 league and 40 European appearances for Bath, he made his return from suspension with Saracens, who signed him half-way through his lay-off. He helped them become English champions in 2011 and to reach the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup this season.
    He returned rugby in February, 2011, and was back in England colours for the Saxons’ at the Churchill Cup in June. He was back in the senior England side two months later in the Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham and then appeared in 11 of the subsequent 12 Tests. A shoulder injury forced him to miss the summer tour to South Africa in 2012 and in August that year, after 44 caps, he announced his international retirement to allow him focus his efforts on club rugby and his young family.

    Matt Stevens
  • Justin Tipuric

    Justin Tipuric

    DoB1989-08-06 BirthplaceNeath Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionFlanker

    Justin TIPURIC
    Wales Caps: 15 (8-0-7)
    Wales Points: 0
    Wales Debut: v Argentina (rep) 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 3 (0-0-3)

    Justin Tipuric’s dramatic rise from the Welsh Premiership to the international scene with Wales has seen him labelled as one of the most exciting backrow players in world rugby.  His club form with the Ospreys and international displays for his country have led to an exciting duel with Sam Warburton for theNo7 shirt in Wales.
    Renowned for his tough tackling, supreme fitness and superb ball handling skills, Tipuric has all the attributes needed for a modern-day backrow specialist. He has been with the Swansea-based Ospreys since U16 level and Tipuric, whose grandfather is Croatian, has represented Wales at every age-grade level.
    He was hugely successful at Under 20 level with Wales, making 18 appearances over two seasons and scoring eight tries, six of which came at the 2009 Junior World Championship in Japan. He also starred for the Wales Sevens squad in 2009/10, playing in the Bowl Final in Hong Kong
    At club level he made his name in the Welsh Premiership, playing over 40 times for Aberavon in a successful spell with the Wizards. His form with Aberavon helped him break into the Ospreys side in 2010/11 with 27 appearances and two tries, including a fine individual effort against Edinburgh.
    A year after making his first start for the Ospreys he made his Wales debut against Argentina in August 2011 for the pre-World Cup warm-up fixture, before gaining his second cap at the Millennium Stadium as a replacement against Australia. He also featured twice in the Grand Slam fixtures of 2012, toured Australia last summer and played all five fixtures of Wales’ successful Six Nations campaign in 2013.
    He was named man of the match in Wales’ final game of the campaign when they produced a stunning display against England at the Millennium Stadium to snatch the Six Nations title.
    He couples his playing career with some part time coaching at his village club, Trebanos RFC, and has helped them top Division 3 South West in the Welsh league system.


     

    Justin Tipuric
  • Manu Tuilagi

    Manu Tuilagi

    DoB1991-05-18 BirthplaceFogapoa, Samoa Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Etuale Manusamoa TUILAGI
    England Caps: 21 (13-1-17)
    England Points: 50 (10t)
    England Debut: v Wales 2011

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

    Manu Tuilagi has wasted no time in making an indelible impression for Leicester Tigers and England. The youngest of six brothers in the famous Samoan rugby dynasty, he has demonstrated ambition and resolve to wear the Red Rose jersey in a full international having lived in England for nine years.
    After becoming the Rugby Players’ Association Young Player of the Year for 2010/11, Tuilagi was handed that chance in the summer of 2011 and duly played his way into Martin Johnson’s Rugby World Cup squad.
    A debut try against Wales at Twickenham before a second against Ireland in Dublin three weeks later confirmed his rapid emergence. He became England’s youngest RWC player at 20 years and 115 days against Argentina, being 15 days younger than Jonny Wilkinson, who set the previous record in 1999.
    Manu started all five games in New Zealand, scoring from a dynamic break against Georgia and added a fourth touchdown against Romania six days later.
    A hamstring injury and broken cheekbone blighted the following season, though he returned to face Wales in February 2012 and ran his fifth try in nine Tests when France were beaten 24-22 in Paris.
    Manu started all three Test matches in South Africa and the four November Tests in which he scored two of England’s seven tries against Fiji, their only try against Australia and another against the All Blacks.
    His approach against New Zealand typified that of England – fast, direct and unyielding. Manu intercepted a pass and ran half the length of the field to score his ninth Test try and had a hand in scores for Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton.
    An ankle injury ruled him out of the opening match in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations against Scotland but he returned off the bench against Ireland and scored his tenth Test try in the win over France, despite requiring 19 stitches around his left ear after the game.
    Born in the village of Fatausi-Fogapoa, Manu rose through the England age group ranks, playing for the U16 and U18 teams, and became the fifth Tuilagi brother to play for Leicester.

    Manu Tuilagi
  • Billy Twelvetrees

    Billy Twelvetrees

    DoB1988-11-15 BirthplaceChichester Height1.90 m (6' 3") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre

    William Wesley TWELVETREES
    England Caps: 5 (4-0-1)
    England Points: 10 (2t)
    England Debut: v Scotland 2013

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Brumbies 18/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 0

    Billy Twelvetrees became the fourth recruit for the 2013 British & Irish Lions when he was called up from the England squad in Argentina to add cover to the back division ahead of the fifth game on tour against the Waratahs. The 24-year-old Gloucester playmaker made a try-scoring debut for England at the start of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations when he crossed for a try in the Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland. He continued to play an integral role during the Championship, starting against Ireland and coming off the bench against Italy and Wales. He scored again in England’s 32-3 win over Argentina in Salta the weekend before his call-up by the Lions.
    He climbed to the top of the rugby pyramid via an unconventional route, having earned no age-grade honours for his country. He began playing rugby with his brothers at Pullborough RFC and went on to represent Haywards Heath, Leicester Lions and Nottingham. But it was at Bedford Blues, while in the Leicester Tigers academy, that he began his rapid rise to prominence. He made an immediate impact with the Blues, crossing for four tries on his debut against Manchester in 2008, and finished the season as the Championship’s joint top try-scorer with 18 touchdowns.
    He soon returned to the Leicester Tigers fold and he produced another stunning debut after a shock call-up. He was thrust into the starting line-up for a Heineken Cup clash with the Ospreys in 2009 just 10 minutes before kick-off when Dan Hipkiss fell ill and he delivered the goods again with a 14 point, man-of-the-match performance.
    He had his first taste of international rugby in the Tigers’ 26-15 defeat to an Australia XV in 2010, kicking all of his side’s points. He made his England Saxons debut in 2011 and featured throughout their Churchill Cup campaign.
    In January 2012, he joined Gloucester and he has gone on to establish himself in the Cherry & Whites midfield. A year after announcing his move he was handed his international debut by Stuart Lancaster.
     

    Billy Twelvetrees
  • Mako Vunipola

    Mako Vunipola

    DoB1991-01-14 BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand Height1.82 m (6' 0") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb) PositionProp

    Makovina Wanangarua I Whanga Nui-Atara VUNIPOLA
    England Caps: 9 (6-0-3) 
    England Points: 0
    England Debut: v Fiji (rep) 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

    Mako Vunipola is the latest member of an established Tongan rugby dynasty to grab the rugby headlines. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, he was reared in the famous front-row breeding ground of Pontypool. Aged just seven, Vunipola emigrated to Wales when his father Fe’ao, a hooker, signed to play for Pontypool in 1998. Fe’ao went on to win 32 caps for Tonga, including appearances in the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cup tournaments.
    Mako, and his younger brother Viliami, better known as ‘Billy’, who now plays for London Wasps, grew up in the same household as Wales No 8 Toby Faletau and was raised playing rugby throughout Gwent before attending Millfield School and joining the Bristol Rugby Academy.
    He had the option of representing Wales, but chose England, through residency, and appeared for the England Schools U18s alongside his brother. He enjoyed a stunning season in 2010/11 by sharing in the England U20 Grand Slam and their impressive run to the IRB Junior World Championship final.
    In 2011, he signed for Saracens, the Premiership champions at the time, from Bristol but a broken metatarsal, followed by a hamstring tear, restricted him to eight Premiership games in his debut season.
    He had a spell on loan at Bedford Blues and was elevated to the England Saxons squad last summer before winning his first senior cap against Fiji in November, 2012, as a replacement for Joe Marler. He then played off the bench in seven consecutive matches for England before starting against Italy in March this year.
    Remarkably, six of Mako’s uncles and his grandfather represented their native country. Fe’ao was head coach of High Wycombe and then Marlow before returning to Tonga.
     

    Mako Vunipola
  • Christian Wade

    Christian Wade

    DoB1991-05-15 BirthplaceSlough Height1.74 m (5' 9") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionWing

    Christian WADE
    England Caps: 1 (1-0-0)
    England Points: 0
    England Debut: v Argentina 2013

    British & Irish Lions: First tour
    Lions Debut: v Brumbies 18/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 0

    Christian Wade followed Alex Corbisiero and Billy Twelvetrees out of the England squad in Argentina to Australia after being called up to act as threequarter cover. He had made his England debut the weekend before in Salta and was pulled out of the team for the second Test so he could fly to Sydney in time to play against the Brumbies.

    The 22-year-old wing finally won his first full against the Pumas having figured in the annual clash with the Barbarians in 2012 and 2013. He became the first player to win both the Rugby Players’ Association ‘Young Player of the Year’ and ‘Player’s Player of the Year’ awards in the same season in May having scored 18 tries in 26 games for London Wasps and ended the campaign was joint top scorer in the Premiership with 12 tries.

    He learned to play rugby at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, where he was also a star athlete. Trained by former Commonwealth Games 200 metre champion Julian Golding, he ran 11.14 sec over 100 metres as a 17-year-old.

    He represented England U16 A, England U18 and England U20 at rugby and played for London Wasps at the Middlesex Sevens while still at school. He made his international sevens debut at the IRB Sevens World Series in Dubai in December, 2009 and scored seven tries in George a week later.

    He amassed 22 tries in seven tournaments in the 2009/10 Series and was selected for the 17-man England rugby sevens training squad for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

    He played for England U20 side at the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, where they finished fourth, and on 31 May, 2012, he played for the England XV against the Barbarians. He scored one try and set-up another for Jonathan Joseph in A 57-26 victory. He followed that with a hat-trick in the subsequent tour match victory over the South African Barbarians.

    Currently studying Sports Science and Psychology at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, he graduated from the London Wasps’ Academy into their 1st team squad in 2011/12. He scored 14 tries in 20 games in his first full season, finishing second highest scorer in the Premiership with nine, and last year signed a contract extension through to the summer of 2015.
     

    Christian Wade
  • Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton

    DoB1988-10-05 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionBack row

    Sam Kennedy WARBURTON
    Wales Caps: 38 (18-0-20) 
    Wales Points: 10 (2t)
    Wales Debut: v USA (rep) 2009

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 08/06/2013 v Queensland Reds
    Test Record v Australia: 7 (0-0-7)

    Sam Warburton led Wales to the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-finals and on to an RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in 2012. He becomes only the fourth Welsh player to lead the British & Irish Lions on tour – Arthur Harding in 1908, John Dawes in 1971 and Phil Bennett in 1977 – and he will become the fifth youngest of the 28 Lions tour captains stretching back to Rob Seddon on the pioneering tour of 1888. He will be 24 yrs, 244 days old on the day of the opening tour match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. The only other captains to have been younger on the date of the first game on their tours have been: 1950: Karl Mullen (Ireland) 23 yrs, 165 days; 1904: David Bedell-Sivright (Scotland) 23 yrs, 193 days; 1955: Robin Thompson (Ireland) 24 yrs, 48 days; 1924: Ron Cove-Smith (England) 24 yrs, 229 days.
    He is regarded as one of the world’s finest flankers and stormed back to his best form with his performances in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations campaign. He was named man-of-the-match against Scotland and followed it up with another destructive display against England as Wales successfully defended their title.
    Warburton learned his rugby at Whitchurch High School, where he was in the same class as Tottenham Hotspur and Wales star Gareth Bale, and also played at Rhiwbina RFC. He enjoyed a brief spell with Glamorgan Wanderers before switching to Cardiff RFC and the Cardiff Blues academy.
    A No 8 in the Welsh age-grade teams, the versatile back-row forward has won caps at U18, 19 and 20s levels. In 2007, he led Wales into the IRB U19 World Cup in Belfast, where they lost 25-21 to Australia in the third-place Play-Off game, and a year later captained Wales at the inaugural IRB World Junior Championships on home soil.
    He served as understudy to three times Lions tourist Martyn Williams in his early years at the Blues and made his regional debut against Edinburgh in 2009. He then caught the eye of the Welsh selectors with a string of impressive performances and made his Test debut on the summer tour against USA in 2009.
    He was named in Wales’ 2010 RBS 6 Nations squad, but had to wait until the following season to get his first taste of championship action. In June, 2011, he became Wales’ second youngest captain, after Lions legend Gareth Edwards, when he led his country against the Barbarians. He hung on to the captain’s armband for the Rugby World Cup, after Matthew Rees was ruled out, and took Wales to the last four.
    He led Wales out of their Pool, past Ireland in the quarter-finals and into a semi-final clash with France. In the 18th minute he was infamously sent-off for a tip-tackle on Vincent Clerc and Wales missed out on a place in the final as they lost 9-8.
    Warburton retained the captaincy on his return home and, after leading Wales to the Grand Slam last year, he was in charge for the three games against the Wallabies on the summer tour. He relinquished the honour during the 2013 tournament, with Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins picking up the arm-band. He has led his country to eight wins in 20 Tests to date.
     

    Sam Warburton
  • Shane Williams

    Shane Williams

    DoB1977-02-26 BirthplaceMorriston Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight81 kg (12 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Shane Mark WILLIAMS

    Wales Caps: 87 (32-0-38)
    Wales Points: 290 (58t)
    Wales Debut: v France (rep) 2000

    British & Irish Lions: 2005 (Arg) Tests: 4 (1-1-2) 10 pts (2t)
    Lions Debut: 23/05/2005 v Argentina
    Test Record v Australia: 8 (2-1-5) 30 pts (6t)

    Shane Williams answered an SOS from British & Irish Lions backs coach Rob
    Howley to fly from Japan, where he is in his second season with Mitsubushi Dynaboars, to play against the Brumbies. The 36-year-old wing, who ended his international career with 60 tries in 91 Tests for Wales and the Lions, was due to come to Australia later in the week to commentate on the series for talkSport. His invitation was just for the one game, to allow the Lions to protect their team for the first Test, and earned him an 14th appearance for the tourists having played on the 2005 and 2009 tours. His previous appearance for the Lions had been in Johannesburg in the third Test victory four years earlier, when he scored two tries.

    He started his career as a scrum half at Amman United, later moving to Neath and to the wing, before linking up with the ospresy when rugby in Wales went regional. he helped the Ospreys win four Celtic League titles and the Anglo-Welsh Cup between 2003-2012.

    He made his Wales debut as a replacement wing against France in 2000 and rounded off his Welsh career with a last play try against Australia at the same venue in December, 2011. In between he made at three World Cups, helped Wales win two Grand Slams (2005 and 2008), was voted IRB World Player of the Year in 2008 and became Wales' highest try scorer with 58 in 87 matches.

    He scored a record equalling six tries in the 2008 Grand Slam campaign and was voted the 'Player of the Tournament'. he ended his 6 Nations career with 22 tries in 41 games and also scored 10 tries in 11 World Cup matches.

    His Lions debut was at the Millennium Stadium ikn the Test against Argentina prior to the 2005 tour to New Zealand. He scored five tries against manawatu on the tour and played in one of the three tests against the All Blacks. Four years later he played in the final two Tests against the Springboks.

     

     

    Shane Williams
  • Ben Youngs

    Ben Youngs

    DoB1989-09-05 BirthplaceNorwich Height1.79 m (5' 10") Weight76 kg (11 st 13 lb) PositionScrum half

    Benjamin Ryder YOUNGS
    England Caps: 33 (21-1-11)
    England Points: 30 (6t)
    England Debut: v Scotland (rep) 2010

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: 05/06/2013 v Western Force
    Test Record v Australia: 4 (2-0-2), 5pts (1t)
     

    Ben Youngs has already tasted success against Australia having twice provided a crucial contribution in victories over the Wallabies.He will be joined on his first British & Irish Lions tour by his elder brother, Tom, making them the 14th set of brothers to be selected by the Lions.
    The Leicester scrum-half announced his arrival on the international stage with a try-scoring first start for England in the 21-20 win at Sydney in June 2010 courtesy of a dummy pass and dynamic dash from line.
    He followed that with a virtuoso performance on only his second Twickenham start when England overpowered Australia 35-18 in November 2010.
    His imaginative blind side pass near his own line helped to launch Chris Ashton for an 85-metre try and was rewarded with Man of the Match award.
    Youngs has made a habit of making a good first impression having also scored on his Rugby World Cup debut with a crucial try against Argentina in Dunedin in 2011.
    Further tries followed against Romania and Ireland while his at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg in June 2012 was the first time an England player had scored twice against the Springboks since Will Greenwood ten years earlier.
    Youngs was a member of the England Junior National Academy in 2006-07 and played at outside half, full back and centre, as well as scrum half with the Tigers Academy, which he joined on a full time basis that season.
    He became the youngest Leicester player to appear in a league match when he faced Bristol in 2007, aged just 17, and went on to claim a Premiership winner’s medal.
    He reached the final of the Junior World Championships in both 2008 and 2009, before advancing into the England Sevens squad.
    Scintillating form behind a dominant Leicester pack projected him to the accolade of Premiership Discovery of the Year 2009-10 in which he made his England debut as a replacement wing against Scotland.
    Ever-present during the 6 nations-winning campaign of 2011, he overcame knee surgery to play in every game at the World Cup in New Zealand and has gone on to win 33 caps.
    Born in Cawston, Norfolk, his father Nick Youngs won six England caps as scrum-half in 1983-84.

    Ben Youngs
  • Tom Youngs

    Tom Youngs

    DoB1987-01-28 BirthplaceNorwich Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionHooker

    Thomas Nicholas YOUNGS
    England Caps: 9 (6-0-3)
    England Points: 0
    England Debut: v Fiji 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Barbarians 01/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

    Tom Youngs joins scrum half brother Tom in the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad and they will become the 14th set of brothers to play for the Lions. He started life as a centre for Leicester Tigers, but has sealed a remarkable switch in positions to become his country’s leading hooker. Having made his senior debut for Tigers in 2006 he was regarded a good enough centre to represent England from U16 to U20 level and earned an England Sevens call for the IRB World Series in 2007.
    However, when he was sin-binned for fighting with an opposing Saracens prop in a second team game, Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer suggested he should play at hooker.
    Having enjoyed scrimmaging sessions during previous age-grade tours with England tight-head prop Dan Cole, Tom accepted the idea and forged a new career.
    Brought up on the family’s arable farm in Norfolk, he combined the pace of footwork of a three-quarter allied with the aggression and physicality suited for front-row rugby.
    He went on loan to Nottingham in 2009 and despite not playing the position before, he went on to play hooker in 60 matches over two seasons and was named as players’ player of the year.
    He started alongside younger brother Ben for the first time in the EDF Energy Cup match at Bath in 2008-09 and a senior call for the tour of South Africa united the brothers for their country for the first time.
    Tom played in both midweek matches against the South African Barbarians South and North but had to wait until the game against Fiji at Twickenham in November for his first cap. Tom has since appeared in nine consecutive Test matches, eight of them in the starting line up.
    Youngs made his first appearance at hooker for Tigers in the ‘A’ League win over Gloucester in January 2009, ended the 2011/12 season with an LV= Cup winner’s medal and a first appearance in a Premiership Final and has gone on to make 50 appearances for the club.
    Tom is also the son of Nick Youngs, the England scrum half capped six times in 1983-84.

    Tom Youngs
  • Simon Zebo

    Simon Zebo

    DoB1990-03-16 Birthplace Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionWing

    Simon ZEBO
    Ireland Caps: 6 (3-0-3)
    Ireland Points: 10 (2t)
    Ireland Debut: v New Zealand 2012

    British & Irish Lions: First Tour
    Lions Debut: v Waratahs, 15/06/2013
    Test Record v Australia: 0

    Simon Zebo was called-up to the 2013 British & Irish Linos squad to act as cover for the injured Tommy Bowe after the Ulster wing broke a bone in his hand in the win over Queensland Reds, Zebo was in Houston with the Ireland team at the time and travelled to Australia the morning after helping Ireland beat the USA. He is the son of a French athlete so it should probably come as no surprise that he’s made his name as a speed merchant with more than a bit of flair.

    Zebo’s father hailed from Martinique (an offshore region of France) but despite being a fluent French speaker himself, it’s the city of Cork he calls home and it’s his performances for Munster that earned him a first Irish cap against New Zealand last summer.

    He's a product of the Munster Academy and made his first start for the province as an academy player. After one year in the academy he secured a full contract at the start of the 2011/12 season and made his Heineken Cup debut that same season. A regular starter in the first team since then, he scored a hat-trick of tries in the final Heineken Cup pool game against Northampton Saints and ended the 2011/12 season as Munster’s leading try scorer (12).

    International honours quickly followed and he marked his first appearance in an Ireland senior jersey with a try against the Barbarians at Kingsholm in May, 2012. He was then included in the Ireland tour squad for the three Test trip to New Zealand last June and played in the opening Test in Auckland.

    His RBS 6 Nations debut came in Cardiff in February when he produced one of the moments of the tournament when he back-heeled Jamie Heaslip’s pass into his own hands before sending Cian Healy over in the corner for a magnificent try in the win over eventual champions Wales..

    A try of his own in the same match meant it was a 6 Nations debut to remember, but his happiness was short lived when he broke a bone in his foot in Ireland’s second match of the tournament against England which forced him to miss 10 weeks of action. He signed a new three-year deal with Munster in January.
     

    Simon Zebo