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Congratulations @samwarburton_ and all your fellow team mates on selection for this year's #lionstour

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Congratulations to all the Welsh boys going to Australia! Special mention to my constituents @adamjones3 and @dan_lydiate #lionstour

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Welsh players hotly tipped for Lions squad

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David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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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.

Read: Rob Howley on Wales v England 6 Nations victory: 'The best day of my coaching life'

Pontypool RFC loses High Court battle

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.

Renewed hope for Pontypool RFC

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.

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