Wilkinson misses out on Lions

Jonny Wilkinson and England captain Chris Robshaw have not been named in the British and Irish Lions squad. Head coach Warren Gatland named Sam Warburton as his captain in a squad that includes 15 Welshmen, 10 English, nine Irish and three Scots.

Jonny Wilkinson misses out on Lions squad

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson kicks a penalty during the Heineken Cup, Semi-Final. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Jonny Wilkinson and England captain Chris Robshaw have not been named in the British and Irish Lions squad.

Head coach Warren Gatland named Sam Warburton as his captain in a squad that includes 15 Welshmen, 10 English, nine Irish and three Scots.

The squad will start the 10-match tour with a match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June.

Could Robshaw become England's third overlooked?

England skipper Chris Robshaw could become the country's third captain of the professional era to be overlooked for a Lions tour following Phil de Glanville (1997) and Steve Borthwick (2009).

Chris Robshaw conducts the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium, London, March 2009 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

With Wales' Sam Warburton pitched as the bookies' favourite for the British and Irish Lions captaincy, he may have seen off competition from Irish pair Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscol.

Paul O'Connell, Munster Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

It is thought there will be few surprise selections, and none of the players will know about their Lions selection until tour manager Andy Irvine reads out the names during a mid-morning press conference.

The ten-match tour begins in Hong Kong against the Barbarians on June 1, followed by games in Australia, including three Test match appointments with the Wallabies.

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Sam Warburton is favourite for Lions' captaincy

More than a third of this summer's British and Irish Lions tour squad is expected to be provided by Wales.

The 38-man group for Australia will be unveiled today, with Sam Warburton the favourite for the Lions captaincy, aged 24, he could become Wales' youngest Lions tour captain.

Wales Sam Warburton during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Warburton has already led Wales to a World Cup semi-final in 2011, and a Six Nations title and Grand Slam last season.

At least 14 of his countrymen could join him, with Ireland likely to provide the second biggest number, followed by England and then Scotland.

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