The British and Irish Lions have selected nine Ireland internationals as part of their 37-man squad for this summer's tour of Hong Kong and Australia.
Wales star Sam Warburton has been named captain.
Head coach Warren Gatland admitted the selection process had been tough, saying: "There was a robust debate about the squad and there were healthy discussions for every position.
"Some real quality players have missed out. We had a thorough process and it's been tough."
He did offer hope to those left out, however, saying: "If you look at previous tours six to eight players get injured and there will be a group of back-up players who can be called upon."
Lions squad: L Halfpenny, S Hogg, R Kearney, G North, A Cuthbert, T Bowe, S Maitland, B O'Driscoll, M Tuilagi, J Roberts, J Davies, J Sexton, O Farrell, C Murray, M Phillips, B Youngs, G Jenkins, C Healy, M Vunipola, A Jones, D Cole, M Stevens, D Hartley, R Hibbard, T Youngs, I Evans, R Gray, AW Jones, P O'Connell, G Parling, T Croft, T Faletau, J Heaslip, D Lydiate, S O'Brien, J Tipuric, S Warburton (capt).