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Marland Yarde

Marland Yarde set to make Test debut for England against Argentina

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton to make bow as captain against Queensland Reds

The Welsh flanker has missed the first two warm-up matches through injury

Barbarians’ Schalk Brits is on his knees, left, after striking Owen Farrell, centre, during the game

British and Irish Lions 2013: Owen Farrell admits his mistake and warns team-mates to control their frustration

Fly-half says retaliation Down Under could prove costly as aggressor Brits is banned

British & Irish Lions: There must be no pause for breath against Barbarians

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Jamie Roberts, the Lions centre, poses on top of the Grand Hyatt hotel after the British and Lions media session on May 31, 2013 in Hong Kong
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Northampton flanker Calum Clark ruled out of England squad

Clark was ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa last year and the autumn internationals

Rory Best, centre, is elated by the news that he will be touring Down Under with the Lions

Rory Best almost driven to distraction by 'dream' Lions call-up

Ulster hooker received joyful news in his car while Gatland expresses sympathy for Hartley

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Rory Best called up after hooker given 11-week ban for calling Premiership final referee Wayne Barnes a cheat

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25-man preliminary squad includes three uncapped players

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Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell says Nigel Evans should retain his position while he fights the charges

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