Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's British and Irish Lions squad announcement, where we'll discover the full squad to tour New Zealand this summer, as well as who Warren Garland has selected as captain.
We'll also find out who misses out on the squad, and from the early tumours here at Syon Park in London, there's a few very big names.
The announcement is due to get underway in about 20 minutes time, but we'll bring you up to speed on what's already happened this morning.
It would appear that the cat is already out of the bag when it comes to the 2017 Lions captain. None of the players are due to be here today apart from the captain, and a certain Welsh flanker has been spotted arriving here already this morning.
It would appear that those of you who tipped Sam Warburton were right to do so!
So here's how the afternoon will go:
First up, Warren Gatland will tease us a little with a short Q+A about the squad.
Next, John Spencer will reveal the full squad, as well as the captain.
Then Garland will talk is through the squad along with the captain, who will be welcomed up on stage.
Not long now...
So what's the rumour mill saying? Well...
First it started yesterday that Jamie Roberts had made the cut from nowhere, but that now looks to be a false rumour, which is extremely hard on the Welsh centre and veteran of two Lions tours already.
Then came the revelation the Ben Te'o was in, ahead of England teammate Jonathan Joseph.
Over in Ireland, it emerged that Keith Earls might be in, but a rumour is just circulating now through the media that it could be Jared Payne, his Irish colleague, who has been selected.
And all the while it looks like Dylan Hartley will miss out.
Anyway, it's time to end the rumours, here we go!
We kick the announcement off with a British and Irish Lions montage, a walk back through the history of the team and what it means to be selected for the Lions.
Here comes the Lions contingent, Warren Gatland, John Spencer, Steve Borthwick, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree, along with Neil Jenkins and Rob Howley.
"It's the hardest one we've had but it's the strongest squad we've had"
Here's John Spencer with the official Lions squad...
Alun Wyn Jones
And as we revealed earlier, the captain is...
"It's hard to put into words really. The 2013 tour hasn't really set in if I'm honest.
"It's an amazing challenge and an amazing opportunity.
"I found out last Thursday, I was at the supermarket and the wife was getting some bread and milk. I hung up on Gats the first time because I thought it was the Cardiff Blues boys messing around."
"Sam knows he needs his form to make sure he's selected."
The big news:
Jonathan Joseph is IN the squad along with Ben Te'o, meaning that the rumours of Joseph's snub were way off the mark. Jared Payne has indeed beaten Keith Earls to a spot, while Tommy Seymour also gets a spot in the backs.
Among the forwards is someone who no one mentioned in Ross Moriarty, who gets in at the expense of Donnacha Ryan. While there is indeed no Dylan Hartley.
Here's the full 41-man squad for the British and Irish Lions:
Props: Dan Cole, Tadhg Furlong, Joe Marler, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola
Hookers: Rory Best, Jamie George, Ken Owens
Locks: Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes
Flankers: Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton
No 8s: Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Billy Vunipola
Scrum-halves: Conor Murray, Rhys Webb, Ben Youngs
Fly-halves: Dan Biggar, Jonathan Sexton
Centres: Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Jonathan Joseph, Jared Payne, Ben Te’o
Wings: Elliot Daly, George North, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson
Full-backs: Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Liam Williams