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Ronan Kelleher joins British and Irish Lions training camp in Jersey as hooker cover |  Rugby Union News


The club’s commitments to Jamie George (Saracens in the Championship playoff) and Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership playoff) have left Scarlets and Ken Owens of Wales as the sole hooker in the Lions camp to train at Jersey. Thus the Leinster and the Irishman Ronan Kelleher were called in

Last update: 06/14/21 10:35 a.m.

Irish hooker Ronan Kelleher has joined a Lions training camp as cover, due to a shortage of hookers

Irishman Ronan Kelleher joined British and Irish Lions training camp in Jersey as a front row cover, but not in an official capacity.

Leinster forward Kelleher was not selected in the original 37-man tour, but will participate in training this week as Ken Owens is the only hooker available.

Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie, the other options for the job, are missing due to their end-of-season commitments with the Saracens and Exeter respectively.

Twenty-six players gathered in Jersey, with tourists from Premiership semi-finalists Saracens and Gallagher Bristol, Exeter and Sale bonding with Warren Gatland’s side over the next fifteen weeks.

“I am delighted to welcome Ronan to train with the team this week while we wait for Jamie George to finish his national season with the Saracens next weekend,” said Gatland.

Ronan Kelleher joins British and Irish Lions training camp in Jersey as hooker cover |  Rugby Union News

Warren Gatland made the call as the club’s commitments to Jamie George from Saracens and Luke Cowan-Dickie from Exeter meant Ken Owens was the camp’s sole hooker

The 26 British and Irish Lions training team in Jersey:

Back (12):

Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)

Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland)

Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales)

Gareth Davies (Scarlet, Wales)

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland)

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)

Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland)

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)

Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales)

Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England)

Liam Williams (Scarlet, Wales)

Forwards (14):

Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland)

Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)

Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales)

Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)

Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland)

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales)

Wyn Jones (Scarlet, Wales)

Ronan Kelleher (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England)

Ken Owens (Scarlet, Wales)

Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)

Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales)

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)

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