Scotland wing Tommy Seymour is “living a dream” following his British and Irish Lions selection to tour New Zealand.
Former Down High School pupil Seymour has just completed a first pre-tour training camp in Wales with 13 of his Lions colleagues — the remaining 27 players are all currently involved in domestic and European play-offs.
And being involved has already more than matched the 28-year-old’s expectations.
“Any rugby player from the British Isles and Ireland dreams of this happening,” former Ulster ace Seymour said. “I have been so fortunate that it has happened to me. It is living a dream every day.
“It has been surreal coming in, with all the history of the Lions and seeing the quality of players dotted around all over the place, the support staff, everyone.
“There is so much history involved in a tour like this. I am fully aware of the quality here. We will drive each other and the standards right up. Everyone has a goal of playing in the Test side and obviously I am no different.”
Despite the Lions being well down in numbers for their initial training get-together, a considerable amount of work was done ahead of next week’s camp in Ireland and the opening tour game against a New Zealand Provincial Barbarians XV on June 3.
“We’ve had a really successful week,” Seymour said. “We’ve had enough numbers to be able to accomplish a lot of stuff.
“Everyone coming in is an intelligent rugby player at the highest level, and they will be able to pick things up very quickly. But certainly for us it has been great to get a foot in the door.
“I am in a Lions head now, I need to get familiar with the guys that are here and that is my focus. I am really enjoying it.
“Those three Tests are the top of the mountain. They are the No.1 side in the world for a reason. We have to be aware we have to go through pain to beat this side.
“We have to be expansive against them, and we have players who can do that.”
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