Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I introduce the Lions:

We have pleasure in announcing the provisional squad for the British & Irish Lions’ forthcoming tour to New Zealand.

The selections listed below are subject to fitness assessment and will be finalised on 22 May 2005. Players named in the standby lists are invited to train with the squad prior to departure for New Zealand and should remain available during the tour in case of injury to members of the touring party. They may in turn be replaced by others with whom we have been in touch in recent days. Captain and vice-captains are to be selected at a later date.

We are grateful to players’ clubs for their release for the period of the tour; however, club and country names are omitted below in keeping with the spirit of the Lions.

We are also pleased to welcome Andy Farrell to the coaching team.

Backs: Mike Blair, Mark Cueto, Chris Cusiter, Gordon D’Arcy, Matthew Dawson, Ayoola Erinle, Gavin Henson, Charles Hodgson, Stephen Jones, Josh Lewsey, Geordan Murphy, Chris Paterson, Dwayne Peel, Brian O’Driscoll, Jason Robinson, Tom Shanklin, Gareth Thomas, Mike Tindall, Jonny Wilkinson, Shane Williams
(Standby: Oliver Barkley, Will Greenwood, Shane Horgan, David Humphreys, Sean Lamont, Kevin Morgan, Jamie Noon, Bryan Redpath, Hugo Southwell)

Forwards: Gordon Bulloch, Shane Byrne, Lawrence Dallaglio, Mefin Davies, Martin Corry, Danny Grewcock, Richard Hill, Gethin Jenkins, Ben Kay, Donnie MacFadyen, Lewis Moody, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Malcolm O’Kelly, Michael Owen, Graham Rowntree, Tom Smith, Matthew Stevens, Phil Vickery, Simon Taylor, Steve Thompson, Jason White, Julian White, Martyn Williams
(Standby: Neil Back, Steve Borthwick, Trevor Brennan, Brent Cockbain, Reggie Corrigan, John Hayes, Nathan Hines, Ryan Jones, Johnny O’Connor, Frank Sheahan)

Coaches/support: Dave Aldred, Stuart Barton, Bill Beaumont, Tony Biscombe, Alastair Campbell, Dave Campbell, Louisa Cheetham, Andy Farrell, John Feehan, Mike Ford, Ian McGeechan, Gareth Jenkins, Phil Larder, David McHugh, Gary O’Driscoll, Eddie O’Sullivan, Phil Pask, Louise Ramsay, Dave Reddin, Andy Robinson, James Robson, Gavin Scott, Richard Smith, Bob Stewart, Dave Tennisson, Richard Wegrzyk, Craig White, Clive Woodward
Fantastic NINE jocks in the squad!!

thats a result for us porridge wogs! :twisted:
Agent_Smith said:
Fantastic NINE jocks in the squad!!

thats a result for us porridge wogs! :twisted:
Well, the 'B' team on Wednesdays doesn't just appear you know, the right players have to be available.
Sorry guys...this came out on April 1st.....make your own minds up as to its veracity.

buggerall on the official site..

anyway.... too many porridge wogs to be genuine.

official squad comes out on monday but wouldn't think thats too far off it
don't think mr. wilkinson will be on it though they refused to pay his insurance as, if and when he gets injured it would have put them in liquidation if they had to pay out
The very fact that nine Scots appear in the list means it must be bogus...I can't see anyone much beyond Taylor and Cusiter getting the nod. However if they do go, could they bring us back some centres from New Zealand??? Oh and possibly a fly-half? :p

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