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Size matters for this pride of Lions

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Bryn Palmer | 21:02 UK time, Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Bish, bash, bosh. Here come the Boks. "A great rugby nation in great shape," according to the man charged with beating them, Ian McGeechan.

But for every prime slice of South African biltong roaming the High Veldt this summer, there's a Lion-sized chunk of British & Irish beef to meet it.

That seemed to be the underlying message as the 37 players heading to Springbok country next month were finally unveiled at a hotel next to Heathrow's Terminal Five.

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Lions selection key to success

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Bryn Palmer | 12:27 UK time, Monday, 20 April 2009

So the waiting is nearly over.

On Tuesday at Heathrow Airport, from where the squad will leave in five weeks' time, Ian McGeechan will unveil the 36 players chosen to represent the British & Irish Lions in South Africa.

It is not the first time he has done it, of course. This will be the fourth time in the past 20 years 'Geech' has assumed the responsibility of making some players' days, or careers, and inflicting crushing disappointment on many others.

So it's fair to assume the 61-year-old veteran of six previous tours as player (twice) and coach (four times) has been agonising hard in the last few days and weeks.

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