Club engagements for Jamie George (Saracens in the championship playoffs) and Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership playoffs) left Scarlets and Ken Owens of Wales the only hooker in the Lions’ camp to coach. in Jersey. As such, Leinster and Irishman Ronan Kelleher have been called up
Last Updated: 06/14/21 10:35 am
Irishman Ronan Kelleher has joined the British and Irish Lions training camp in Jersey as a front row cover, though not in a formal capacity.
Leinster Kelleher’s forward was not selected on the original 37-man tour, but will participate in practice this week because Ken Owens is the only available hooker.
Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie, the other options at the position, are absent due to their season-ending commitments to Saracens and Exeter, respectively.
Twenty-six players have gathered in Jersey, with tourists from the Saracens and Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists, Bristol, Exeter and Sale, who will join Warren Gatland’s team over the next fortnight.
“I am delighted to welcome Ronan to train with the team this week as we look forward to Jamie George completing his national season with the Saracens next weekend,” Gatland said.
26-man British and Irish Lions training team in Jersey:
Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)
Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland)
Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales)
Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland)
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland)
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales)
Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England)
Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland)
Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales)
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales)
Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales)
Ronan Kelleher (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England)
Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales)
Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales)
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)