Jonny Wilkinson left out of British and Irish Lions squad

Jonny Wilkinson kicks for Toulon
© PA Photos
There is no place for Jonny Wilkinson in the British and Irish Lions' squad for their tour of Australia this summer.

Former England international Jonny Wilkinson has been left out of the 37-man British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of Australia this summer.

There had been suggestions that the 33-year-old could be a late inclusion in the squad following his display as captain of Toulon in their Heineken Cup semi-final victory on Sunday.

It had been reported that head coach Warren Gatland was reluctant to pick players from French clubs, which could be the reason behind Wilkinson's omission.

England captain Chris Robshaw has also been left out of the squad, despite impressing during his nation's Autumn internationals and the Six Nations campaign, while there is a place for Saracens prop Matt Stevens in the set-up, despite retiring from England duty last summer.

Overall, there are 15 Wales players, 10 who represent England, nine from the Ireland set-up and three from Scotland.

Lions squad for Australia tour:

Backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Rob Kearney (Ireland), Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Alex Cuthbert (Wales), Sean Maitland (Scotland), George North (Wales), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), Jamie Roberts (Wales), Manu Tuilagi (England), Owen Farrell (England), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Conor Murray (Ireland), Mike Phillips (Wales), Ben Youngs (England).

Forwards: Dan Cole (England), Cian Healy (Ireland), Gethin Jenkins (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Matt Stevens (England), Mako Vunipola (England), Dylan Hartley (England), Richard Hibbard (Wales), Tom Youngs (England), Ian Evans (Wales), Richie Gray (Scotland), Alun-Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O'Connell (Ireland), Geoff Parling (England), Tom Croft (England), Toby Faletau (Wales), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Sam Warburton (Wales, captain)

Mark McCall
Read Next:
McCall backs Vunipola, Stevens for Lions
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Aviva Premiership TablePPTS
1Wasps2280
2Exeter Chiefs2279
3Saracens2277
4Leicester Tigers2265
5Bath Rugby2258
6Northampton Saints2252
7Harlequins2251
8Newcastle Falcons2249
9Gloucester Rugby2246
10Sale Sharks2240
11Worcester Warriors2232
12Bristol Rugby2220
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand