2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand

Twelve Welsh players have been named in Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of New Zealand in the summer.

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Warburton: 'I think to come back with a draw surprised a few people, but it didn't really surprise this group of players'

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admitted he was "pretty pleased" with what his side had achieved after they battled back to draw the Test series with New Zealand.

Lions return home from tour of New Zealand

The British and Irish Lions have returned from their tour of New Zealand after battling back to draw the Test series.

The squad arrived back at Heathrow this afternoon following their three-Test series with the All Blacks, which finished 1-1 after a dramatic 15-15 draw at Eden Park on Saturday.

Lions captain Sam Warburton arrives at Heathrow airport. Credit: ITV News / Mike Griffiths

The tour saw head coach Warren Gatland lead players to an unexpected share of the series against the All Blacks.

It's only the second time in their history that the Lions have drawn a series, and the first time they've avoided defeat to New Zealand in 46 years.

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Davies handed Lions player of the series award

Jonathan Davies celebrates the Lions' achievement with his family Credit: PA photo

Centre Jonathan Davies says he's 'humbled' at being handed the Lions player of the series award by his teammates.

The 29 year old played every minute of all three tests against New Zealand. He also featured in all three matches of the previous Lions Tour to Australia in 2013.

The Lions drew Saturday's match at Eden Park 15-15. It means the series finished 1 all. It's the first time the Lions haven't lost a series in New Zealand since 1971.

I’m very humble, chuffed to bits to get the award, voted by your peers. But you look back and it’s a team effort, with 40-odd players and we dug in and achieved something very special. I’m chuffed to bits.

– Jonathan Davies

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