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In Pictures: Lions Squad 2009

Updated: Tuesday, 12 May 2009 15:15

Paul O'Connell of Young Munster, Munster and Ireland will captain the 2009 Lions. He is the 10th Irishman to skipper the Lions. Ian McGeechan - Head Coach Lee Byrne (Wales) - Fullback. A devastating runner and solid in defence with booming boot. Rob Kearney (Ireland) - Fullback. Boasts sharp attacking instincts and strong kicking game. Shane Williams (Wales) - Wing. Elusive Welsh winger was 2008 world player of the year. Tommy Bowe (Ireland) - Wing. Offers pace, power, clinical finishing and versatility. Ugo Moyne (England) - Wing. Combines extreme pace with power and commitment in defence. Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland) - Wing. Scored three tries in Ireland's triumphant Grand Slam campaign. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) - Wing. Searing pace and natural try-scoring instincts. Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland) - Centre. Inspired Ireland to first Grand Slam triumph since 1948. Keith Earls (Ireland) - Centre. The tour bolter brings electricity to the Lions back division. Tom Shanklin (Wales) - Centre. WITHDRAWN DUE TO INJURY Riki Flutey (England) - Centre. Will be the first to play both for and against the Lions. Jamie Roberts (Wales) - Centre. Brings power and direct running to the midfield. Stephen Jones (Wales) - Fly Half. Renowned for astute game-management and consistency. Ronan O'Gara (Ireland) - Fly Half. Intelligent with bags of experience and a great kicking game. Harry Ellis (England) - Scrum Half. Hard-working scrum-half who returned to form in Six Nations. Mike Philips (Wales) - Scrum Half. Strapping scrum-half who will relish the physical duels. Tomás O'Leary (Ireland) - Scrum Half. WITHDRAWN DUE TO INJURY Mike Blair (Scotland) - Scrum Half. Replaced Tomás O'Leary Jamie Heaslip (Ireland) - No 8. Lit up Six Nations with ball-carrying and eye for the tryline. Andy Powell (Wales) - No 8. Direct and powerful number eight made Test breakthrough this year. Stephen Ferris (Ireland) - Flanker. Hard-running, hard-tackling back row who came of age this season. Martyn Williams (Wales) - Flanker. The gilt-edged 'Nugget' is a forager and a supreme link man. Joe Worsley (England) - Flanker. Bone-crunching defence on England return earned him the call. David Wallace (Ireland) - Flanker. Can play across the back row and a Test Lion in the making. Alan Quinlan (Ireland) - Flanker. A tough character who will relish the rough stuff. Paul O'Connell (Ireland) - Lock. Munster and Ireland's second-row totem leads by example. Simon Shaw (England) - Lock. Impressive handling skills for a lock and immensely powerful. Nathan Hines (Scotland) - Lock. His aggression and experience will be vital to face down the Boks. Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland) - Lock. Practical joker off the field but a serious beast on it. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) - Lock. Agile lineout operator and impressive all-round athlete. Phil Vickery (England) - Prop. Veteran of the 2001 Lions will be a major influence on tour. Gethin Jenkins (Wales) - Prop. Flies to South Africa as the first-choice loose-head prop. Euan Murray (Scotland) - Prop. The tight-head is a favourite of scrum coach Graham Rowntree. Andrew Sheridan (England) - Prop. Destructive on his day and improved during Six Nations. Adam Jones (Wales) - Prop. Made huge strides for Wales working under Warren Gatland. Jerry Flannery (Ireland) - Hooker. Precise at the lineout and dynamic force in the loose. Matthew Rees (Wales) - Hooker. Industrious hooker but concerns over his lineout reliability. Lee Mears (England) - Hooker. Impressive Six Nations and his line-out accuracy is vital. Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly (Ireland) - Baggage Master
Paul O'Connell of Young Munster, Munster and Ireland will captain the 2009 Lions. He is the 10th Irishman to skipper the Lions. Ian McGeechan - Head Coach Lee Byrne (Wales) - Fullback. A devastating runner and solid in defence with booming boot. Rob Kearney (Ireland) - Fullback. Boasts sharp attacking instincts and strong kicking game. Shane Williams (Wales) - Wing. Elusive Welsh winger was 2008 world player of the year. Tommy Bowe (Ireland) - Wing. Offers pace, power, clinical finishing and versatility. Ugo Moyne (England) - Wing. Combines extreme pace with power and commitment in defence. Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland) - Wing. Scored three tries in Ireland's triumphant Grand Slam campaign. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) - Wing. Searing pace and natural try-scoring instincts. Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland) - Centre. Inspired Ireland to first Grand Slam triumph since 1948. Keith Earls (Ireland) - Centre. The tour bolter brings electricity to the Lions back division. Tom Shanklin (Wales) - Centre. WITHDRAWN DUE TO INJURY Riki Flutey (England) - Centre. Will be the first to play both for and against the Lions. Jamie Roberts (Wales) - Centre. Brings power and direct running to the midfield. Stephen Jones (Wales) - Fly Half. Renowned for astute game-management and consistency. Ronan O'Gara (Ireland) - Fly Half. Intelligent with bags of experience and a great kicking game. Harry Ellis (England) - Scrum Half. Hard-working scrum-half who returned to form in Six Nations. Mike Philips (Wales) - Scrum Half. Strapping scrum-half who will relish the physical duels. Tomás O'Leary (Ireland) - Scrum Half. WITHDRAWN DUE TO INJURY Mike Blair (Scotland) - Scrum Half. Replaced Tomás O'Leary Jamie Heaslip (Ireland) - No 8. Lit up Six Nations with ball-carrying and eye for the tryline. Andy Powell (Wales) - No 8. Direct and powerful number eight made Test breakthrough this year. Stephen Ferris (Ireland) - Flanker. Hard-running, hard-tackling back row who came of age this season. Martyn Williams (Wales) - Flanker. The gilt-edged 'Nugget' is a forager and a supreme link man. Joe Worsley (England) - Flanker. Bone-crunching defence on England return earned him the call. David Wallace (Ireland) - Flanker. Can play across the back row and a Test Lion in the making. Alan Quinlan (Ireland) - Flanker. A tough character who will relish the rough stuff. Paul O'Connell (Ireland) - Lock. Munster and Ireland's second-row totem leads by example. Simon Shaw (England) - Lock. Impressive handling skills for a lock and immensely powerful. Nathan Hines (Scotland) - Lock. His aggression and experience will be vital to face down the Boks. Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland) - Lock. Practical joker off the field but a serious beast on it. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) - Lock. Agile lineout operator and impressive all-round athlete. Phil Vickery (England) - Prop. Veteran of the 2001 Lions will be a major influence on tour. Gethin Jenkins (Wales) - Prop. Flies to South Africa as the first-choice loose-head prop. Euan Murray (Scotland) - Prop. The tight-head is a favourite of scrum coach Graham Rowntree. Andrew Sheridan (England) - Prop. Destructive on his day and improved during Six Nations. Adam Jones (Wales) - Prop. Made huge strides for Wales working under Warren Gatland. Jerry Flannery (Ireland) - Hooker. Precise at the lineout and dynamic force in the loose. Matthew Rees (Wales) - Hooker. Industrious hooker but concerns over his lineout reliability. Lee Mears (England) - Hooker. Impressive Six Nations and his line-out accuracy is vital. Paddy 'Rala' O'Reilly (Ireland) - Baggage Master
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