Lions squad 'what you'd expect' - Hansen

"The guy who has the last say is usually the guy that is coaching them", Hansen is quoted as saying by Stuff. He felt Hartley was unlucky not to be named in the squad.

The Wales back-row was named skipper when Lions coach Warren Gatland announced a 41-man squad Wednesday for the three-Test series in June and July. "Guys going on their first Lions tour will learn a lot but the boys going on tour with Ireland will also learn as much". Our advantage is we play with that expectation all the time.

"Obviously I'm hugely proud and over the moon but pretty surprised as well". "Probably the hardest one we've had".

"That's the clear goal now", he said.

"I think his greatest quality is that it's not about Sam Warburton, it's about the team and putting the team first". I guess we need to be prepared for what we normally get and prepare for something different as well. "I wouldn't call it, I definitely wouldn't". I heard the other day a Kiwi asked if they can win the series 3-0 and they said they didn't want to win 3-0, they want to win 10-0. You take nothing for granted.

It is tempered with some disappointment that more of his colleagues won't be joining him.

"As soon as I heard Warren Gatland saying it, I was on the training pitch straight away".

He said: "For Wales they were all night games so we got back to the hotel at about 11 and we just said to the players, 'You can go out for a few hours but be back at the hotel by 1am. All our team-mates are getting us into good positions and we have to say thanks to them".

"This side has an outstanding culture, one of the best I've ever seen".

"In the last two days, however, I have been really nervous due to the speculation and it would have hurt me if I hadn't been in the squad".

"He should've got somebody on that selection committee from Scotland". He's incredible in the air, great at the high ball both in attack and defence.

"I was sitting there feeling half-nauseous, sick, sweating and then Hoggy came and picked me up. If Justin Tipuric or Sean O'Brien are playing better than him we make that selection from a coach's point of view".

16 England players and the captain doesn't make it.


"I think the focus changes tomorrow", he said.

"We are going to have to be slightly more attacking than we are used to (in the Six Nations)".

"I will be trying to finish off the season with Glasgow as best as I can".

The players themselves must be hoping that they won't be the unfortunate one cruelly cut down by injury before the Lions tour even starts, but assistant coach Andy Farrell doesn't think it will have an effect on proceedings.

Seymour said he was still having trouble traking it all in after hearing the announcement.

Hansen said: "They come with a massive expectation".

"Whereas with New Zealand, any time we've been there with Ireland, it's a lot more hostile, everyone will know in the country what you're there for and you'll be in a gold fish bowl".