Gatland names Lions team

Coach Warren Gatland has named nine Welsh players in his Lions team to face the Barbarians in Hong Kong, with another two on the bench.

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Warburton could miss Lions opener

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton arrive to speak during a press conference in Dublin recently. Credit: PA

Wales flanker Sam Warburton, the Lions' fifth-youngest skipper, could miss out on Saturday's opener against the Barbarians due to a puffy knee.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland will tomorrow announce a starting line-up dominated by Wales players prior to nine games in Australia.

The match-day 23 on Saturday is set to comprise those players involved at training camps in Wales and Ireland during the past fortnight.

More than a dozen more who featured in last Saturday's play-off finals will gain their opportunities against Western Force and Queensland Reds next week.

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