Matt Stevens surprised by British and Irish Lions call

Matt Stevens
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Matt Stevens says that he could not turn down the opportunity to represent the British and Irish Lions in Australia this summer.

Saracens prop Matt Stevens has admitted shock at being included in the British and Irish Lions squad.

The 30-year-old was named in Warren Gatland's 37-man squad to tour Australia this summer, despite retiring from the England national team a year ago.

"I didn't expect the chance to play international rugby again, to be truthful," Stevens told Sky Sports News.

"I obviously decided not to represent England. I had my reasons and it was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make as a rugby player, but this is a one-off experience that you just can't turn down.

"It's such a huge honour and privilege to play for the British and Irish Lions I just couldn't refuse the chance to do so."

Stevens appeared 39 times for England.

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