British & Irish Lions breaking news: Squad to face Springboks named

As was widely expected, Wales' Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa later this year.

British & Irish Lions breaking news: Squad to face Springboks named

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland on Thursday named a 37-man squad to tour South Africa.

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Gatland has also named Alun Wyn Jones as captain for the tour.

Several players are named in a British & Irish Lions squad for a first time, including Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Chris Harris, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Wyn Jones, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland and Hamish Watson.

“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 performance in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make.

“However, we are very happy with the squad we have assembled and look forward to meeting up in Jersey in just over a month’s time to start our preparation to take on the world champions. We’ve left out some very talented players which gives an indication to the strength of this squad and we know how important that stand-by list will be.

“Being selected for a Lions Tour is the greatest honour for a British and Irish player and I congratulate everyone named today.”

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BRITISH & IRISH LIONS SQUAD TO TOUR SA:

Backs

Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Dan Biggar, Elliot Daly, Gareth Davies, Owen Farrell, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Stuart Hogg, Conor Murray, Ali Price, Lewis Rees-Zammit, Finn Russell, Duhan van der Merwe, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams

Forwards

Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Zander Fagerson, Taulupe Faletau, Tadhg Furlong, Jamie George, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Wyn Jones, Courtney Lawes, Ken Owens, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland, Justin Tipuric, Mako Vunipola, Hamish Watson

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What’s Gone Viral: See the ‘monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

What's Gone Viral: A 'monster moth' as big as an 'eggplant' was recently found at a school in Australia.

What’s Gone Viral:  See the ‘monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

A giant moth – so heavy that it cannot fly – was found at an Australian school on Monday, 3 May 2021.

A monster moth found in Australia

According to the Mount Cotton State School, builders found the giant wood moth while constructing new classrooms at the school in Queensland.

The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, called it an “amazing find”.

An Amazing find

“Our new building is situated on the edge of a rainforest and during the build, the moth was found,” Steward told .

She also said that while staff and students were used to seeing a range of animals at the school, the moth was unlike anything they had seen before. 

The school shared photos of the giant wood moth on Facebook, where they generated a huge interest and registered hundreds of likes, comments and shares.

A giant wood moth found during the build! https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/giant-moth-invasion/13326950

Posted by Mount Cotton State School on Sunday, May 2, 2021

About the giant wood moth

According to NDTV, the giant wood moth, also known as the Endoxyla cinereus, is found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast. According to Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum’s head of entomology, giant wood moths are the heaviest in the world. 

“They fly very, very poorly. In most cases when they emerge, the females, they just crawl up a local tree or stump of a fence post and sit there and wait for males to find them,” Lambkin said.

“They’re very common on Queensland coast, [but that] is the biggest I’ve seen,” one social media user commented on Facebook. “How cool. Gotta say if it flew near me while I was gardening I would probably do a karate freakout!” said another.

The females, about twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 30 grams and boasts a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters.

Another social media user means that it is as big as an ‘eggplant’.

“Sweet mercy. It’s the size of an eggplant.”

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