British and Irish Lions team announcement LIVE as Warren Gatland names side for Emirates Lions clash

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Hello and welcome to our live blog for today’s British and Irish Lions team announcement.

Warren Gatland is expected to name his side for Saturday’s clash with the Emirates Lions at 10am Irish time.

The Lions coach has indicated that every player in the squad will get a chance to play ahead of their Test games with South Africa.

He said: “We feel that it is so important for the squad that the players do get a chance to start in those early rounds.

“I have often spoken about the harmony in the squad and players feeling that they’ve had an opportunity.

“From that point of view, we think it’s really important.

“As an ex-player, you would understand that if you started in one of those opening games, you’ll feel like you’ve put yourself in the shop window, you’ve given yourself a chance of impressing and given yourself an opportunity for Test selection.

“That is very much in our thinking. We want everyone to feel that they are a part of it and getting an opportunity.”

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