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Best, Hendy to discover Lions fate

 

By Adam McKendry

Ulster duo Rory Best and Iain Henderson face an anxious wait to see if they've been selected in Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand this summer.

Both Best and Henderson have been the subject of plenty of speculation surrounding their inclusion in the squad, but today they will find out their fate when the panel is announced at noon.

Gatland is said to be a fan of Henderson's ability to play in both the second row and back row, as well as the 25-year-old's aggressive style of play, which suggests he could be included.

Best, on the other hand, is competing for one of three hooker spots in the 38-man squad, with his competition being the English duo of Dylan Hartley and Jamie George, and Wales' Ken Owens.

The Ireland captain will be eager to travel to New Zealand after a disappointing tour to Australia in 2013 where he wasn't selected in any of the three Test squads.

Gatland also looks set to include Munster captain Peter O'Mahony in his squad after the flanker made a strong impact on his recent return from injury.

The 27-year-old put in a man of the match performance for Ireland in their Six Nations win over England last month.

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