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Gloucester Rugby players named in British and Irish Lions squad

Gloucester Rugby is set to be well represented on the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa with both Louis Rees-Zammit and Chris Harris being named in Warren Gatland’s squad.

At 20 years and 93 days old, Louis Rees-Zammit becomes the youngest Lion on the day of selection in a touring party since Ireland's David Hewitt in 1959 and his rise to the summit has been nothing short of remarkable. Making his Premiership debut for the Cherry & Whites aged 18, the flying winger has held his foot firmly on the accelerator ever since, notching up 18 tries in 31 appearances for Gloucester Rugby and scoring five tries in his first nine Wales appearances.

Rees-Zammit's selection on the Lions tour comes after an impressive Six Nations campaign with Wales and his continued form for the Cherry & Whites, and his lightening power and pace will be a weapon for Gatland’s Lions in South Africa.

Head Coach George Skivington was proud to see two Cherry & Whites in the British & Irish Lions squad.

“Louis has been on an extraordinary journey these last few years, and this call-up is credit to his determination that he brings to training every day to be better than the week before. There’s very few players that have the raw pace that Zam has, and we know he will be extremely excited to pull on a Lions jersey and give it everything he’s got."

Chris Harris has been a stand-out performer for both Gloucester Rugby and Scotland this season, and his place in British & Irish Lions squad will come as no surprise to anybody who has been watching the outside-centre play. A warrior in defence, Harris will be ready to be the heartbeat of the Lions midfield in what’s set to be a physical battle with South Africa.

“We are all really pleased for Chris," Skivington said. "He has been phenomenal for us this season and has replicated that form on the international stage as well. Defensively there aren’t many players who lead the line as well as he does, and he really is truly deserving of this call-up.

“It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of Louis and Chris being selected for the British & Irish Lions. It’s is one of the biggest honours in World Rugby and we know they’re make themselves, their families and the Club proud.”