After months of guesswork, Warren Gatland will announce that his Lions team will face South Africa for the 2021 edition of the Lions tour in a few days.
It is expected that there will be a strong Scottish contingent this time around after an impressive Six Nations campaign and two of the Scottish coaches being included in the tour staff. England players are however in the opposite position after a bad tournament at the wrong time.
There was good news for Premiership-based players on Tuesday, as it was confirmed that players who are not involved in the play-offs will be released for the Lions training camp and the warm-up game against the Japan.
Partly due to the difficulties of traveling during a pandemic, Gatland is expected to appoint a team of 36 men. The Lions took 41 to New Zealand four years ago.
When is it?
The team will be announced on Thursday, May 6.
What time is the announcement?
The announcement is expected to begin at 11:45 a.m.
What TV channel is it on?
The announcement will be broadcast live on the Lions website. Otherwise, follow our live coverage at Sport Telegraph.
Who is likely to be appointed captain?
There are a number of contenders to be named captain of the Lions tour including Alun Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, Stuart Hogg and Ken Owens.
Here are the latest harbor master’s numbers:
- Alun Wyn Jones: 4/5
- Maro Itoje: 6/4
- Owen Farrell: 1/20
- Stuart Hogg: 10/1
- Ken Owens: 25/1
What do the Telegraph writers say?