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“Maro Itoje benched” – Warren Gatland picks his 2022 Lions XV

Warren Gatland has picked his 23-man British & Irish Lions squad in his latest column for The Telegraph.

There is no room for Tom Curry or any Scots in his starting XV while England superstar Maro Itoje has to settle for a place on the bench.

Check out his full selection below:

Or read his full article by clicking here.

WARREN GATLAND: 2023 Lions XV

#BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Freddie Steward (England)
  • 14. Josh Adams (Wales)
  • 11. James Lowe (Ireland)

Gatland wrote: “It was a really tough call to leave out Hugo Keenan and Liam Williams but Freddie is exceptional in the air and I also really like the way he has been developing as a full-back. He offers an attacking threat, and scores tries”

Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

RUCK’s back-three: 15. Steward (England), 14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales), 11. Duhan van de Merwe (South Africa)


#CENTRES:

  • 13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
  • 12. Owen Farrell (England)

Gatland wrote: “I feel that Owen has done really well at 12 and gives us that ability to play a 10/12 kicking combination and has loads of Test-match experience.”

Owen Farrell (c) of the Saracens during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on 17 Oct. Photo: Steve Haag/PPAUK

RUCK’s centres: 13. Henshaw (Ireland), 12. Farrell (England)

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