B&I Lions boss adds Irish muscle to training squad
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has confirmed his 26-man training squad for Jersey
The 26 includes Ireland forward Ronan Kelleher who will train with the squad, but who will not be added to the 37-man touring squad.
The Ireland and Leinster hooker will be filling in for Saracens’ Jamie George, who will be absent alongside Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly while they compete in the two-legged Greene King IPA Championship play-off final against Ealing Trailfinders.
Kelleher started in Leinster’s final game of the season on Friday at the RDS, a 38-7 win over the Dragons in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup.
Commenting on Kelleher’s inclusion, B&I Lions coach Warren Gatland said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ronan to train with the squad this week while we wait for Jamie George to complete his domestic season with Saracens next weekend,”
British and Irish Lions squad:
Backs: Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Duhan van der Merwe, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams
Forwards: Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Taulupe Faletau, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Alun Wyn Jones, Wyn Jones, Ronan Kelleher, Courtney Lawes, Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Justin Tipuric, Hamish Watson