The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour starts exactly one month from today! On Saturday 3rd June, the Lions take on a New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei. Here is the team we believe could take to the pitch for the tourists in the opening game.
The Lions squad don't arrive in New Zealand until the Wednesday before the game, and as the match comes just 7 days after both the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 finals, we have left out players from the sides we think will be involved in those matches.
There are also injury concerns about Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray, who is struggling with a shoulder/neck nerve injury and has been told he must play before the end of the season to guarantee his place on the plane, as well as Welsh second-row Alun Wyn Jones, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is expected to return for the Ospreys this coming weekend.
Regardless of the side Warren Gatland picks, we can't wait for the 2017 tour to finally kick off!