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Rory Best replaces banned Hartley

Best included in British Lions squad

May 27, 2013

Ulster & Ireland hooker, Rory Best will join the British & Irish Lions on Monday for the Lions tour to Australia 2013.

Best promotion from the reserve list comes from Saturdays banning of Dylan Hartley for 11 weeks after swearing at the referee in the Aviva Premiership final.

Northampton Saints lost the final to Leicester after Hartley was warned for language to the referee and then followed up with a red card just before half time.

The addition of Best brings the Irish representation in the squad to 10.

"It was hard when I didn't make the initial squad because it is everyone's ambition to play for the Lions, but to be selected now is a massive honour," said Best.

"To be finally selected makes playing professional rugby worthwhile and makes up for the feeling I had a few weeks ago when I thought the chance had gone."

"With uncertainty over the availability of Dylan Hartley to tour, and with the first of 10 matches only days away we had no option but to call up the additional player," said Lions Tour manager Andy Irvine.

"Despite the circumstances we should congratulate Rory, who will join the squad tomorrow and fly with us to Hong Kong."

Lions tour starts in Brisbane on the 22nd June.

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