Matt Dawson has expressed his agreement with the players that have been picked to go on the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Dawson made seven appearances for the Lions in his 15 years of being a professional rugby player before retiring in 2006.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Dawson said: "I'm very happy with the squad. I don't think he (Gatland) could have done any better or much different.

"It's always a difficult decision and people have to be left out, but I think he got it pretty much right."

The scrum-half also made 77 appearances in an England shirt and was a member of the team that won the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

Dylan Hartley has recently been ruled out of the Lions tour after being given an 11-week ban, while England captain Chris Robshaw missed out on selection.

Dawson added: "I think there are a number of casualties really, but there always is. But there will be injuries, and players like Chris Robshaw need to be ready to go if the call comes. It's unfortunate that good players always have to miss out."

The 37-man squad face the Barbarians in Hong Kong tomorrow before facing a further five warm up games.

The first test against Australia is on June 22 in Brisbane before the Lions travel to Melbourne and Sydney for the other two matches. It is the first tour of Australia for the Lions in twelve years.

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