British Lions squad: Tour schedule, fixtures, odds, player-by-player guide and more ahead of New Zealand tour

Warren Gatland has named his 41-man squad for his tour of New Zealand with one or two surprises amongst his selections

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Warren Gatland has finally named his British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand, with Sam Warburton named as captain for a second time.

There were key omissions in the Kiwi’s 41-man squad however, with England Grand Slam and Six Nations winners Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury and Mike Brown all missing out.

But what faces those who did make the squad in what has been called the most gruelling Lions tour ever?

Who is in?

Backs:

Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Conor Murray (Ireland), George North (Wales), Jack Nowell (England), Jared Payne (Ireland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), Ben T'eo (England), Anthony Watson (England), Rhys Webb (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)

Forwards:

Rory Best (Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Joe Marler (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Ross Moriarty (Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Peter O'Mahony (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales), Kyle Sinckler (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Mako Vunipola (England), Billy Vunipola (England), Sam Warburton (Wales, capt).

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Warburton will once again captain the side (Getty)

Schedule and fixtures:

Saturday 3rd June 2017: New Zealand Provincial Barbarians

Toll Stadium, Whangarei, 7:35pm (local time)

Wednesday 7th June 2017: Blues

Eden Park Auckland, 7:35pm (local time)

Saturday 10th June 2017: Crusaders

AMI Stadium Christchurch, 7:35pm (local time)

Tuesday 13th June 2017: Highlanders

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 7:35pm (local time)

Saturday 17th June 2017: Maori All Blacks

Rotorua International Stadium, 7:35pm (local time)

Tuesday 20th June 2017: Chiefs

FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, 7:35pm (local time)

Saturday 24th June 2017: 1st Test vs All Blacks

Eden Park Auckland, 7:35pm (local time)

Tuesday 27th June 2017: Hurricanes

Westpac Stadium Wellington, 7:35pm (local time)

Saturday 1st July 2017: 2nd Test vs All Blacks

Westpac Stadium Wellington, 7:35pm (local time)

Saturday 8th July 2017: 3rd Test vs All Blacks

Eden Park Auckland, 7:35pm (local time)

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Two of the three tests will be in Auckland (Getty)

History vs New Zealand:

1904 New Zealand and Australian Tour

New Zealand 1 Lions 0

1908 Australian and New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 2 Lions 0

1930 New Zealand and Australian Tour    

New Zealand 3 Lions 1

1950 New Zealand and Australian Tour    

New Zealand 3 Lions 0

1959 New Zealand and Australian Tour    

New Zealand 3 Lions 1

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The Lions don't have a good record in New Zealand (Getty)

1966 New Zealand and Australian Tour    

New Zealand 4 Lions 0

1971 New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 1 Lions 2

1977 New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 3 Lions 1

1983 New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 4 Lions 0

1993 New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 2 Lions 1

2005 New Zealand Tour

New Zealand 3 Lions 0

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Gatland announced his 41-man squad on Wednesday (Getty)

Odds:

New Zealand: 1/5

Lions: 7/2

Drawn: 20/1

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