Alan Quinlan picks his Lions squad

The former Munster man includes 12 Irish players

BY Newstalk 07:37 Wednesday 19 April 2017, 7:37 19 Apr 2017

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland alongside Alan Quinlan. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

With just hours until we find out who will make the cut for this year's Lions Tour of New Zealand, the world waits to see what way Warren Gatland's team has shaped up.

Newstalk Breakfast's Alan Quinlan has included 12 Irish players in his squad for the tour, including the likes of Jack McGrath, Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw, but he finds no place for the likes of two-time Lions, Jamie Heaslip or Rob Kearney.

England's Six Nations' winning side have the largest representation, but Quinlan cannot see England's captain Dylan Hartley making the team. The likes of Mario Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola all make the cut.

The former Munster player has included a number of Welsh players in the squad also, with Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar, Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones. Quinlan expects Warburton to lead the side for the second tour in a row.

Scotland's impressive display in this year's Six Nations is not enough though to see a substantial representation in Quinlan's squad. Only full-back Stuart Hogg makes the cut.

Alan Quinlan's Lions Squad

Back Three: Liam Williams, Stuart Hogg, Leigh Halfpenny.

Wings: George North, Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Simon Zebo, Jack Nowell.

Centres: Owen Farrell, Jonathon Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Jonathon Davies.

Out Halves: Johnny Sexton, Dan Biggar.

Scrum Halves: Conor Murray, Rhys Webb, Ben Youngs.

Props: Jack McGrath, Mako Vunipola, Cian Healy, Tadhg Furlong, Dan Cole, Tom Francis.

Hookers: Rory Best, Jamie George, Ken Owens.

Second Rows: Alun Wyn Jones, Mario Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Donnacha Ryan.

Back Rows: CJ Stander, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric.

Reports in recent days claim the likes of Keith Earls, Jamie Roberts, Iain Henderson and Kyle Sinclair are all set to make the team, despite not being in Alan's selection.

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