Lions 2021 team announcement: When and what time will Warren Gatland name his squad?

After months of conjecture, Warren Gatland will this week announce his Lions squad to take on South Africa.

It is anticipated that there will be a strong Scottish contingent following an impressive Six Nations campaign and two of the Scotland coaching setup being included in the tour’s staff.

While England had a poor tournament just at the wrong time, four players outside Eddie Jones’ squad – including scrum-half Danny Care and No 8 Sam Simmonds – have been tipped to get a Lions call-up.

Alun Wyn Jones is the favourite to be named tour captain, while England’s Saracens pair Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell and Scotland’s Stuart Hogg also mooted as contenders.

In part due to the difficulties of travelling during a pandemic, Gatland is expected to name a 36-man squad. The Lions took 41 to New Zealand four years ago.

When is it? 

The squad will be announced on Thursday, May 6.

What time is the announcement? 

The announcement is expected to begin at 11.45am. 

What TV channel is it on? 

The announcement will be streamed live on the Lions website. Alternatively, follow along with our live coverage on Telegraph Sport.

Who is likely to be named captain?

There are a number of contenders to be named Lions tour captain including Alun Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, Stuart Hogg and Ken Owens.

Here are the latest captaincy odds:

  • Alun Wyn Jones: 4/5
  • Maro Itoje: 6/4
  • Stuart Hogg: 10/1
  • Owen Farrell: 20/1
  • Ken Owens: 25/1

What are Telegraph writers saying? 


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