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Paul O'Connell will captain Lions

Paul O'Connell

Ireland's Paul O'Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions in their Test series with South Africa.

O'Connell is one of 14 Ireland players to earn a place in the squad of 37 that will tour South Africa in the summer.

The British Lions is a special rugby team that only plays every four years. It's made up of players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

There were some big surprises in the squad, with Welsh captain Ryan Jones not selected by coach Ian McGeechan.

He wasn't the only captain to be left out.

British and Irish Lions
Riki Flutey
Squad - 14 Irish players, 13 Welsh players, Eight English players and two Scottish players
Three Tests v South Africa - 20 June, 27 June and 4 July

England skipper Steve Borthwick and Scotland captain Mike Blair will also have to watch the matches on TV after not being picked.

There were also some surprise inclusions too, with Wales winger Leigh Halfpenny and England's Simon Shaw getting the nod.

At the team announcement O'Connell said: "It needs to be a big squad effort. That will be the secret to any success. The more people who have input the better."

The full squad is

Full-backs - Lee Byrne (Wales), Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Wings - Shane Williams (W), Leigh Halfpenny (W), Ugo Monye (England, Luke Fitzgerald (I), Tommy Bowe (I)

Centres - Tom Shanklin (W), Jamie Roberts (W), Brian O'Driscoll (I), Keith Earls (I), Riki Flutey (E)

Fly-halves - Ronan O'Gara (I), Stephen Jones (W)

Scrum-halves - Mike Phillips (W) Harry Ellis (E), Tomas O'Leary (I)

Props - Gethin Jenkins (W), Adam Jones (W), Andrew Sheridan (E), Phil Vickery (E), Euan Murray (Scotland)

Hookers - Jerry Flannery (I), Lee Mears (E), Matthew Rees (W)

Locks - Paul O'Connell, captain (I), Alun Wyn Jones (W), Donncha O'Callaghan (I), Nathan Hines (S), Simon Shaw (E)

Back-row - David Wallace (I), Stephen Ferris (I), Alan Quinlan (I), Joe Worsley (E), Martyn Williams (W), Jamie Heaslip (I), Andy Powell (W).