Lions 2009: Scrum-half contenders

In the latest instalment of our Lions series, we look at the players battling it out to claim a seat on the plane for the hotly-contested No.9 shirt
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It's one of the oldest, most treasured traditions in rugby. The Lions are here again. Head coach Ian McGeechan names his initial squad on Tuesday as the Lions bandwagon begins to roll towards South Africa.

The Independent, in partnership with International Rugby News , has been bringing you the contenders for the key positions on the tour for the past few months.

Click the image on the right to launch our guide.

With the squad on the verge of being announced we re-cap which players are fighting for a place in McGeechan's squad, what their chances are and take a look at who Chris Hewett, The Independent's chief rugby correspondent, believes should be on the tour.

Click on the related links to see the contenders for the other key positions.

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