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The Telegraph selects 2025 British & Irish Lions squad, Marcus Smith left out

Following Andy Farrell’s appointment as coach for the British and Irish Lions in January for their 2025 tour to Australia, the Telegraph delved into the potential make up of the touring squad.

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However, with the Six Nations wrapped up, highlighted by England’s resurgence and Ireland’s impressive showing once again, they’ve revisited their squad predictions with a fresh pair of eyes.

The Six Nations witnessed players like Immanuel Feyi-Waboso making compelling cases for inclusion in the Lions mix.

The Telegraph has now disclosed their picks for who they deem likely to be on the plane to Australia based on current form.

Take a look at their selections below.


  • Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
  • Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
  • Finlay Bealham (Ireland)
  • Andrew Porter (Ireland)
  • Ellis Genge (England)
  • Pierre Schoeman (Scotland)
Ellis Genge, Captain of England during the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


  • Dewi Lake (Wales)
  • Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
  • Ronan Kelleher (Ireland)


  • George Martin (England)
  • Maro Itoje (England)
  • Joe McCarthy (Ireland)
  • Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
  • Dafydd Jenkins (Wales)
  • Scott Cummings (Scotland)
Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)


  • Jac Morgan (Wales)
  • Tommy Reffell (Wales)
  • Ben Earl (England)
  • Caelan Doris (Ireland)
  • Josh van der Flier (Ireland)
  • Ollie Chessum (England)
Ben Earl of England celebrates after winning during the Guinness Six Nations Match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on March 9th 2024. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK