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British & Irish Lions squad strength reinforced by big-name absentees

Warren Gatland has picked a pretty mean 37-man squad for the British & Irish Lions Tour of South Africa. Tom Hamilton argues the strength of the squad is judged by the top-level players who failed to make the cut.

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Jones to captain Lions; Sexton out of SA tour

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will lead the 2021 British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa this summer with England's Kyle Sinckler and Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton missing out on the 37-man squad.

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