British and Irish Lions: Same coach and captain ... but a new cowboy video

Irish-American-Scot Tommy Seymour scores against Argentina.
RUSSELL CHEYNE

Irish-American-Scot Tommy Seymour scores against Argentina.

Kiwi Warren Gatland is still coach, Welshman Sam Warburton is still captain, but if the English cricket team wanted to replicate their epic 2013 "best wishes British and Irish Lions" video, they'd have to learn at least one new accent.

Scottish winger Tommy Seymour was born in the United States, and speaks with an American twang scattered with Irishisms.

When Gatland took the Lions to Australia in 2013, the English cricket team did a video message in English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents, with spinner Graeme Swann impersonating Gatland.

South Africa-born Irishman C J Stander in action against the All Blacks last year.
Clodagh Kilcoyne

South Africa-born Irishman C J Stander in action against the All Blacks last year.

Jonathan Trott tries to wish the best to all the South Africans in the Lions, only to be told there are none. His reaction is one of the best lines.

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For the 2017 team named on Wednesday to come on the "suicide mission" to New Zealand, at least new accents are required: C J Stander was born in South Africa, played 16 Super Rugby games for the Bulls, and qualified for Ireland through residency.

And Scottish winger Tommy Seymour was born in Nashville, Tennessee, centre of the country music industry, and lived there for the first decade of his life. His mother is from Glasgow, his globe-trotting father English, he played for Ireland at under-19 level.

Seymour, who speaks with a mixed American-Irish accent, has scored 16 tries in 36 tests for Scotland, one from an intercept in the 24-16 loss to the All Blacks in 2014.

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Eight of the 2013 Lions - Vunipola and Faletau among them - were born outside the British Isles and Ireland, whereas the 2017 version has just six; midfielder Ben Te'o, prop Mako Vunipola and centre/fullback Jared Payne were born in New Zealand; Seymour in the US; No 8 Toby Faletau in Wales; and flanker Stander in South Africa.

 - Stuff

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