GALLERY: Ireland's 2017 Lions

Eleven players have made the initial squad

GALLERY: Ireland's 2017 Lions

Pictured at today's announcement (L-R) Graham Rowntree (scrum coach), Steve Borthwick (forwards coach), Warren Gatland (head coach), Sam Warburton (captain), Andy Farrell (defence coach), Rob Howley (Backs coach) and Neil Jenkins (kicking coach) Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Joe Schmidt will be without 11 senior players for this summer's test series in the United States and Japan.

In total, four Irish backs and seven forwards have been selected in Warren Gatland's touring squad which will be captained again by Wales' Sam Warburton. 

Seven of Ireland's tourists will be debutants, with only Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Sean O'Brien and Rory Best having travelled four years ago.

Here are Ireland's 2017 Lions:

 

Tadhg Furlong. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Sean O'Brien. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Rory Best. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Peter O'Mahony. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Jack McGrath. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Iain Henderson. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

CJ Stander. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Robbie Henshaw. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Johnny Sexton. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Jared Payne. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Conor Murray. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie