Warren [Gatland] gave me a call; it's been nine or 10 days since I found out and the hardest secret I've had to keep.
It's unbelievable - an accolade very few people achieve and it's an unbelievable honour.
Warren Gatland has named a 37-man squad to take on Australia in this summer's Lions tour.Read the full story ›
- Leigh Halfpenny
- Alex Cuthbert
- George North
- Jonathan Davies
- Jamie Roberts
- Mike Phillips
- Gethin Jenkins
- Adam Jones
- Richard Hibbard
- Ian Evans
- Alun Wyn Jones
- Toby Faletau
- Dan Lydiate
- Justin Tipuric
- Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton has been named as Captain of Warren Gatland's Lions squad.
Lions coach Warren Gatland has named 15 Wales players in his 2013 Lions squad to tour Australia.
Sam Warburton may be named as captain for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. The Welsh skipper has been tipped by many commentators as the most likely choice to lead the squad.
Welsh players are expected to be well-represented with the Six Nations title winners likely to have the strongest contingent.
The 37 man squad will start their tour with a warm up game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1st June 2013.
They'll then fly to Australia for a series of games before the first test against Australia on 22nd June in Brisbane. The second and third tests take place on 29th June in Melbourne and 6th July in Sydney.
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.
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.
Pontypool RFC has lost its High Court bid for reinstatement to the Premiership league.
The club has battled against the Welsh Rugby Union's decision to drop it from the league, following a 12-team reorganisation.
The club now face a legal costs bill estimated at around £400,000. Today, a senior judge said the club should have accepted an offer from the WRU to allow it to drop the case weeks ago.
Earlier today the defending barrister indicated that there was a chance Pontypool could play in the Premiership. However, the WRU barrister has disputed this claim, saying that the league will include the Carmarthen Quins.
Pontypool RFC could still play Premiership rugby next season, the club's lawyers told a High Court judge today.
The club are fighting to prevent the Welsh Rugby Union relegating them under a reorganisation of Premiership rugby.
The reorganisation would see the number of teams reduced from 14 to 12, with Pontypool set to be one of the teams to lose out.
Today the club's barrister highlighted that there could still be a chance for Pontypool to play in the league.
It's as the Carmarthen Quins have so far failed to obtain a licence relating to the facilities at the club's stadium.
It means Pontypool could have a chance to take their place as the 13th best performing team.