Rory Best – The Ulster hooker was born in Co. Armagh. He has been Ulster captain since 2008. With Ireland he has won 6 nation titles in 2009, 2014, and 2015. He became captain in 2016. In 2017 he was honoured with an OBE from the Queen.
Tadhg Furlong – The tight head prop comes from Campile Co. Wexford. He showed promise as GAA player for his local club Horsewood before choosing to pursue rugby. He made his Leinster debut in 2013 before making his Ireland debut against Wales in 2015.
Jack Mc Grath – Born in Dublin in 1989, McGrath is the loose head prop for Leinster. He made his Irish debut against Samoa in 2013. He is an ambassador for ‘Tackle Your Health’ which focuses on mental wellbeing.
Conor Murray – The scum half recently won his 100th cap for Munster. The Limerick man has won the Pro 12 with Munster once and for Ireland he has won the 6 nations twice, in 2014 and 2015. In May Murray was named IRUPA Player’s Player of the Year.
Sean O’ Brien - The 2011 European player of the year was a key figure in the Lion’s 2013 tour victory in Australia. He missed the 2014 season through injury, returning in 2015 to help Ireland win a second successive 6 nations. O’ Brien has received high praise from commentators in New Zealand who have compared him with Richie McCaw.
Peter O’ Mahony – There are many calls for the Cork man to captain the Lion’s in the first test against New Zealand. He has been a strong leader since his school days with Presentation Brother’s College. He has won two 6 nations championships with Ireland. The Munster captain is a patron of the Cork University Hospital Charity.
Jonathan Sexton- This is the second tour for the Leinster fly-half. Sexton spearheaded Leinster in 3 European Champion’s Cup victories (2009, 2011, and 2012) before a brief stint in France with Racing 92. Sexton spent much of his early international career competing for a starting place with veteran Ronan O’Gara. Once established as a starting player he helped Ireland win back to back 6 Nations’ championships in 2014 and 2015. He was also part of the team that beat the All Blacks in Chicago. He is an ambassador for the Make-a-Wish foundation.
CJ Stander – The South African flanker qualifies to play for Ireland through residency. He moved to Ireland in 2012 to play for Munster, scoring 2 tries on his debut in a man of the match performance. Stander was named man of the match on his Ireland debut also in 2016 against Wales. In May 2016, Stander won the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year Award. Limerick Lord Mayor named Stander Limerick’s inaugural honorary international ambassador.
Iain Henderson – The Ulster player was selected for the tour due to his adaptability. Henderson is capable of playing in both the second row and the back row. Henderson impressed in Ireland’s last 6 Nations game denying England the Grand Slam. This may have sealed his place in the squad. He won praise from former All Black’s captain Sean Fitzpatrick for his performance against the Chiefs.
Robbie Henshaw – The 24 year old started his career with Connacht before switching to Leinster in 2016. His career highlight was scoring a try against the All Blacks in Ireland’s historic win at Soldier Field in Chicago last November.