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Rugby-New Zealand favourites to win ahead of Lions visit - bookmakers
April 19, 2017 / 1:04 PM / 5 months ago

Rugby-New Zealand favourites to win ahead of Lions visit - bookmakers

April 19 (Reuters) - Hosts New Zealand are overwhelming favourites to win their three test series against the British and Irish Lions after the visitors announced their squad on Wednesday, according to leading bookmakers.

Coach Warren Gatland named Wales flanker Sam Warburton captain for the tour starting in June, while there was no place in the 41-man squad for England skipper Dylan Hartley .

“Gatland has named a strong squad despite a couple of notable absentees but despite this, we think that All Blacks will be far too strong and it would be a success (for the Lions) to even win one Test,” said Joe Crilly, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill.

Online bookmaker bet365 offered series odds of 1/5 on New Zealand, 7/2 on the Lions and 33/1 on the draw.

William Hill’s odds for individual outcomes are as follows:

Series winner: 1/4 New Zealand; 3/1 British and Irish Lions; 20/1 drawn series

Series correct score: New Zealand: 500/1 1-0; 20/1 2-0; 2/1 2-1; 4/5 3-0 Lions: 1000/1 1-0; 150/1 2-0; 6/1 2-1; 33/1 3-0

First test: 1/3 New Zealand; 12/5 British and Irish Lions; 20/1 draw

Players to start the First Test: Shirt number 1: 11/10 Jack McGrath; 5/4 Mako Vunipola; 5/1 Joe Marler Shirt number 2: 4/7 Rory Best; 3/1 Ken Owens; 4/1 Jamie George Shirt number 3: 3/10 Tadhg Furlong; 4/1 Dan Cole; 8/1 Kyle Sinckler Shirt number 4 or 5: 1/5 Alun Wyn Jones; 1/2 Maro Itoje; 13/8 George Kruis; 7/1 Courtney Lawes; 7/1 Iain Henderson Shirt number 6: 11/10 CJ Stander; 4/1 Peter O‘Mahoney; 4/1 Sam Warburton; 6/1 Maro Itoje; 9/1 Justin Tipuric Shirt number 7: 1/1 Sam Warburton; 5/2 Sean O‘Brien; 10/3 Justin Tipuric; 12/1 Ross Moriarty Shirt number 8: 2/5 Billy Vunipola; 9/2 Taulupe Faletula; 10/1 CJ Stander; 10/1 Peter O‘Mahoney; 25/1 Ross Moriarty Shirt number 9: 4/11 Conor Murray; 3/1 Rhys Webb; 9/1 Ben Youngs Shirt number 10: 1/3 Jonny Sexton; 3/1 Owen Farrell; 10/1 Dan Biggar Shirt number 11 or 14: 1/4 George North; 1/1 Anthony Watson; 6/5 Liam Williams; 5/1 Jack Nowell; 7/1 Elliot Daly; 8/1 Tommy Seymour Shirt number 12: 2/5 Owen Farrell; 3/1 Robbie Henshaw; 7/1 Ben Te‘o Shirt number 13: 4/5 Jonathan Joseph; 11/4 Jonathan Davies; 7/1 Jared Payne; 10/1 Elliot Daly; 12/1 Robbie Henshaw Shirt number 15: 4/11 Stuart Hogg; 3/1 Leigh Halfpenny; 12/1 Liam Williams; 20/1 Anthony Watson; 25/1 Jared Payne (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Larry King)

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