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Irish Lionesses line out - and they're dominating the pack

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Laura Priestley. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Laura Priestley. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Laura Priestley. Photo: Caroline Quinn

THE Lions squad will be standing strong together, but will it be handbags at dawn and dagger stares among the Lions' WAGs?

The English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish wives and girlfriends will all be out in force – and it looks like Mna na hEireann could dominate in the stands, even though Saturdays star Una Healy's England international husband Ben Foden didn't make the cut.

Many expect that Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman (34) will be leader of the WAGs and taking the spotlight.

Lions captain Sam Warburton is likely to be accompanied on the trip by his high-school sweetheart Rachel Thomas. Trainee accountant Rachel (23) grew up on the same street as Sam and was shocked and delighted when he popped the question last year.

Fellow Welsh star George North (20) and cycling champ Becky Jones (21), pictured, are one of sport's newest golden couples.

 

Cheering

Meanwhile, England's Youngs brothers seem loved up with their long-term girlfriends. Tom has been dating girlfriend Tiffany for years, while younger brother Ben is with Charlotte Beardshaw.

England prop Matt Stevens – who's been through his ups and downs in the past – is happily married to wife India, and they have twin daughters Ava and Coco.

But the Irish lads have a host of big names on their supporters list too. Tommy Bowe's other half Lucy Whitehouse is a Welsh model turned nurse.

She will be in good company with ex-Miss Ireland model Holly Carpenter (22), who is dating Cian Healy.

It's been quite a year for Jonny Sexton; his lucrative signing with Racing Metro, getting a spot on the Lions tour and his engagement to high school sweetheart Laura Priestly.

But female fans will be pleased to hear there are plenty of single men on the team.

Mike Philips used to date singer Duffy but is reportedly footloose and fancy free. Leigh Halfpenny was seeing former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones but is single. And Irish hunks Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Sean O'Brien are all single.

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