The rise of social media meant it was a Lions squad announcement unlike any other yesterday as players, clubs and fans shared their reactions almost instantly.
In total, 19 Aviva Premiership Rugby players from nine different clubs received the good news from head coach Warren Gatland that they would be heading to New Zealand this summer.
Reigning league champions Saracens saw the most players, six, selected while Bath Rugby have three representatives with Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, and Northampton Saints all having two each.
Worcester Warriors, Gloucester Rugby, Wasps and Exeter Chiefs will also be represented on the tour and these were some of our favourite reactions to the great news.
Saracens filmed the reaction of the entire squad as they celebrated the good news:
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) April 19, 2017
Jonathan Joseph was over the moon to be one of three Bath Rugby players to be selected:
Interesting couple of days. Absolute honour to be named in a strong @lionsofficial squad. Very excited about the challenges ahead!
— Jonathan Joseph (@Jonathanjoseph0) April 19, 2017
Club legend Nick Easter was delighted to see two members of the Harlequins pack selected:
— Nick Easter (@nick_easter) April 19, 2017
It’s not all glamorous though as Ben Youngs revealed ahead of his second Lions tour:
— Ben Youngs (@benyoungs09) April 19, 2017
Dylan Hartley was very unlucky to miss out but congratulated his Northampton Saints teammates:
— Dylan Hartley (@DylanHartley) April 19, 2017
The cameras were also rolling at Worcester Warriors where there was a huge roar at the announcement the club had their first ever Lion
— Tom Biggs (@tombiggs11) April 19, 2017
And Ben Te’o was able to give his reaction soon afterwards:
🎥 “I was quite nervous watching with all the boys!”
— Worcester Warriors🏉 (@WorcsWarriors) April 19, 2017
Ross Moriarty was struggling to believe his own inclusion:
Overwhelmed by all the messages iv been receiving for making it into the @lionsofficial squad. thank you so much honestly can’t believe it 😅
— Ross Moriarty (@RossMoriarty6) April 19, 2017
Elliot Daly has been very impressive this season but it’s not just rugby he’s good at:
— Wasps (@WaspsRugby) April 19, 2017
And it was a day to remember for the entire Lawes family:
Last but not least Exeter Chiefs were huddled around the box for the announcement as well:
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) April 19, 2017
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