YES, it's that time again.

The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is closing in on us and tomorrow is the day many have been looking forward to for many months now; squad selection day.

Pundits, fans, experts, non-experts players and former players have had their say on who should and shouldn't be on the plane but tomorrow, head coach Warren Gatland will reveal the lucky 36-players.

The biggest honour for a player on these shores is to be a Lion but only once before has Worcester provided one.

Back in 2017, Ben Te'o was selected for the New Zealand tour (you can say what you wish about that decision) and he remains the only one.

But could Warriors have a second?

Technically, winger Duhan van der Merwe, should he be selected, will still be an Edinburgh player when the party leave for South Africa but come July 1, the leading try scorer in this year's Six Nations will become a Worcester player.

So, for me, that definitely does count.

Having signed on for next season back in January, much has been made of the South-African born winger, who has lit up for Scotland since he made his debut last autumn.

The 25-year-old stands at 6'3 and weighs in at 106kg, making him a seriously impressive specimen to say the least.

Add to that the power and strength he has, along with a serious amount of pace, you have an extremely dangerous threat out wide.

We saw what he could do against England back in February when scoring his try in Scotland's Calcutta Cup win over England and many have him down as a tourist, but he has a lot of competition.

Van der Merwe does offer that power game that, given the opposition, is a necessary requirement for this tour and with a lot of the other wingers being more about speed and agility, he stands a really good chance.

The fact he is even being discussed tells you how much of a good singing this is for Worcester, to be bringing in a potential British and Irish Lion for next season.

The announcement comes at 12.30pm on Thursday, with the captain being revealed 20 minutes before.

As everyone else is doing it, I thought I would as well. This might change between now and tonight...

Forwards -


Wyn Jones

Mako Vunipola

Cian Healy


Tadhg Furlong

Kyle Sinckler

Andrew Porter


Ken Owens

Jamie George

Luke Cowan-Dickie

Second row:

Alun Wyn Jones

Tadhg Beirne

Maro Itoje

Jonny Gray


Tom Curry

Justin Tipuric

Josh Navidi

Hamish Watson

Sam Underhill

Taulupe Faletau

Jamie Ritchie


Danny Care

Conor Murray

Gareth Davies


Dan Biggar

Finn Russell

Owen Farrell


Jonathan Davies

Robbie Henshaw

Chris Harris

Manu Tuilagi

Back 3:

Liam Williams

Josh Adams

Stuart Hogg

Anthony Watson

Duhan van der Merwe

Jonny May

Breakdown by country: England 12 Wales 11 Scotland 7 Ireland 6