Tommy Seymour has admitted it is taking some time for it to sink in that he has been selected for the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Having been born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Northern Ireland via a spell in Dubai, where his father was based for work, playing for the Lions was far from his mind as a youngster.

However, since he joined Glasgow Warriors a few years ago he has become a top class winger and the 28-year-old has 16 tries from 36 Scotland caps.

As a result he will be off with 40  others in the summer.

He said: “I still can’t believe it. I want to play in as many games as possible but I’ll be targeting the games against New Zealand.”

He will be travelling to NZ with Scotland and Warriors team mate Stuart Hogg, the 24-year-old full-back who will be on his second tour.

The Hawick man said: “There are a few boys I’m looking forward to playing with. The back three selection is very exciting.”

Head Coach Warren Gatland unveiled the 41-man squad down south on Wednesday lunchtime.

The squad consists of 22 forwards and 19 backs, with Maro Itoje the youngest player at the age of 22.

Sam Warburton of Cardiff Blues and Wales will lead the Lions for a second consecutive Tour, an honour only ever achieved once before by Martin Johnson in 1997 and 2001.

Warburton will be supported by a number of former Lions with two players on their third and 14 on their second tour.

Gatland, who spoke to Warburton on Thursday afternoon last week, explained: “Sam is a great player, an outstanding leader and a winning Lions captain. We believe that Sam’s experience and leadership qualities make him an obvious choice as captain. He has earned the respect of his peers and coaches through his resilience, tenacity and hard work.”

On the eve of the announcement Warburton attended a private dinner with all the living Lions Captains in the Hilton Syon Park.

He said: “Being in the same room as so many Lions legends was an amazing experience. I feel humbled and extremely proud to be given the opportunity to captain the Lions for a second Tour and look forward to playing the world champions on their own turf with the best players of the UK and Ireland at my side.”

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Squad

Backs:

Dan Biggar (Wales)

Elliot Daly (England)

Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Owen Farrell (England)

Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Jonathan Joseph (England)

Conor Murray (Ireland)

George North (Wales)

Jack Nowell (England)

Jared Payne (Ireland)

Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

Tommy Seymour (Scotland)

Ben Te’o (England)

Anthony Watson (England)

Rhys Webb (Wales)

Liam Williams (Wales)

Ben Youngs (England)

Forwards:

Rory Best (Ireland)

Dan Cole (England)

Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Jamie George (England)

Iain Henderson (Ireland)

Maro Itoje (England)

Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

George Kruis (England)

Courtney Lawes (England)

Joe Marler (England)

Jack McGrath (Ireland)

Ross Moriarty (Wales)

Sean O’Brien (Ireland)

Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)

Ken Owens (Wales)

Kyle Sinckler (England)

CJ Stander (Ireland)

Justin Tipuric (Wales)

Billy Vunipola (England)

Mako Vunipola (England)

Sam Warburton (Wales)

British & Irish Lions schedule

June 3: New Zealand Barbarians

June 7: Blues

June 10: Crusaders

June 13: Highlanders

June 17: Maori All Blacks

June 20: Chiefs

June 24: New Zealand – First Test

June 27: Hurricanes

July 1: New Zealand – Second Test

July 8: New Zealand – Third Test

The photo is of the Scottish duo arriving at BT Murrayfield on Wednesday

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