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Chiefs quartet in British & Irish Lions squad

Hill, Simmonds, Cowan-Dickie and Hogg included in 37-man squad

Four Exeter Chiefs players have been named in Warren Gatland's 37-man British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa.

Forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds, together with back Stuart Hogg, have all been selected for the tour, which gets underway with a warm-up fixture against Japan on June 26. 

“We believe we’ve picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa,” said Gatland.

“Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challenging selection I have been involved in. Over the course of the last three weeks the coaches and I have rigorously debated each position. We saw some outstanding performances in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make."

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