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Phil Vickery: Who is not excited by the Lions?

I do not know of any rugby fan who is not incredibly excited by the Lions and I am no exception!  Having toured with them myself I realise how much the whole concept means to the fans and players.

This year's crop looks to have a nice blend of hard edged experience mixed in with some very young talent such as Mako Vunipola and George North.  Lots of people have asked me if I think Jonny Wilkinson should be going and my view is, he was asked and excluded himself, which is fair enough so we need to move on and focus on the ones who are going to be wearing the shirt. 

As for who will be in the test side it is worth remembering the last tour when the final test team included many players considered nowhere near a test shirt at the start and for me that is the beauty of it. I think there will be lots of surprise names who come through.  Make no mistake the Aussies will be so up for this and seem to be coming to the boil quite nicely with lots of their star players showing some real form. What a battle awaits on the other side of the world as this unique touring side aims to win the series.