British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland spoilt for choice

Last Updated: 26/04/13 11:59am

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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland remains adamant nobody will find out about his squad prior to the official announcement.

As anticipation mounts ahead of the tour to Australia, the New Zealander is keeping his cards close to his chest in an attempt to avoid a wicked circulation of rumours.

Gatland is due to reveal his hand on April 30 but has insisted there will be no advance warnings, not even for those involved.

"They're going to find out with the rest of the rugby world when the squad is announced," he told Sky Sports.

"In the past we've text players and there has been a bit of a leak out and people have known so nobody will know."

Competition is fierce for a starting place in the first Test against the Wallabies on Saturday June 22 and Gatland conceded a wealth of talent has caused some selection headaches.

"The positive thing is we have so many choices, in certain positions there are three or four players we could select," he added.

"We are not worrying about who we are going to select but who we are going to leave out."

Former Wales coach Gatland also recognises the value of unity both on and off the field having spoken to past Lions players.

"It is important I look to previous tours and speak to players who have been involved," he said.

"A big part of what has come out of talking to people is that often the success of Lions tours has been the harmony in the squad.

"It's really about getting the rugby right but also embracing some of what the Lions has been about in the past."

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