Sam Warburton is set to lead a Wales-dominated British and Irish Lions squad

Last Updated: 30/04/13 11:16am

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Sam Warburton: Seems set to lead the Lions

Sam Warburton: Seems set to lead the Lions

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Six Nations champions Wales are expected to provide more than a third of this summer's British and Irish Lions tour squad when it is announced on Tuesday.

A 38-man group for Australia will be unveiled on Sky Sports News at 11am, with Wales flanker Sam Warburton odds-on favourite to lead the tourists.

Warburton was picked to captain Wales by Gatland and they seem set to link up again.

Warburton is likely to be joined by at least 14 of his compatriots, with Ireland also providing a strong contingent.

England and Scotland are set to have a reduced number of tourists - with skippers Chris Robshaw and Kelly Brown in danger of missing out completely.

If Robshaw does not make the cut, he would become England's third captain of the professional era to be overlooked for a Lions tour following Phil de Glanville (1997) and Steve Borthwick (2009).

Jonny Wilkinson is also set to be missing from the list, despite his match-winning displays in the Heineken Cup semi-final.

Few surprise selections are expected, although Mako Vunipola and Billy Twelvetrees could be among the names read out by tour manager Andy Irvine.

The 10-match tour - which will be shown live on Sky Sports - begins against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1, followed by nine games in Australia, including three Test match appointments with the Wallabies.

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