27 players will MISS the British and Irish Lions first training camp

There will be a staggering 27 players missing from Warren Gatland’s first pre-tour Lions training camp at the Vale of Glamorgan on Monday.

The group are meeting up at Wales’ base at the Vale on Monday for the first of two camps before the squad flies out to New Zealand.

However, the coaching team will have to manage with severely depleted resources because players who are involved in PRO12 and Aviva Premiership semi-finals will remain with their club sides, as will those involved in the various play-offs.

The full list of absentees from Gatland’s first Lions camp
Saracens (6) – Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell
Leinster (5) – Tadhg Furlong, Jack McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw, Sean O’Brien
Ospreys (4) – Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Justin Tipuric
Scarlets (3) – Ken Owens, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies
Munster (3) – Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander
Northampton (2) – George North, Courtney Lawes
Leicester (1) – Dan Cole
Exeter (1) – Jack Nowell
Wasps (1) – Elliot Daly
Toulon (1) – Leigh Halfpenny
… and those who will be left
Taulupe Faletau, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson (Bath), Jared Payne, Rory Best, Iain Henderson (Ulster), Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour (Glasgow), Ross Moriarty, Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Ben Te’o (Worcester) Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues).
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