Lions call up the latest notch on Ben Te'o's incredible career belt




If the British and Irish Lions are to pick up their first win on New Zealand soil since 1993, then you can bet that one of their newest Kiwi-born players will have something to say about it.

England rookie and former NRL star Ben Te'o was one shock selection in Warren Gatland's 41-man squad, playing only a handful of Tests, joining the likes of fellow Kiwi, Ireland's Jared Payne, to tour their country of birth later this year.

Te'o himself was taken aback at his inclusion in the Lions squad, having only made his England debut last year, racking up eight appearances since, finding out he was going on tour after a training session with his Worcester Warriors side.

"We had a team meeting before a field session, right at the end they went live and streamed it (the squad announcement) in," Te'o told the Warriors official channel.

"I didn't know how it was going to go, but obviously I'm quite lucky to be selected."

The selection is another milestone on an already incredible CV for Te'o, who only switched to union in 2014, having represented the Junior Kiwis in rugby league, as well as Samoa at senior level and Queensland in State of Origin.

He claimed a NRL premiership winners ring playing with the Rabbitohs in 2014.

So, as the All Blacks gear up to face what on paper could be described as the strongest Lions side to visit our shores, it could be one of our own that plays the biggest role in a history defying series.

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