Ireland lock Paul O'Connell was named captain of the British and Irish Lions when coach Ian McGeechan announced his squad to tour South Africa next month.
The squad includes New Zealand's Ricki Flutey, the former Wellington and Hurricanes utility who has broken into the England team at No 12.
There had been widespread speculation that O'Connell, the flinty 29-year-old from Munster, had been picked ahead of Ireland's grand slam-winning captain Brian O'Driscoll and his selection was confirmed at a Heathrow hotel news conference.
O'Connell has 62 Ireland caps and three for the Lions, having played in all three tests of the 3-0 defeat in New Zealand in 2005.
He has helped Ireland to three triple crowns, occasionally stepping in as skipper, was the bedrock of the team that this year won their first Six Nations grand slam since 1948, and has won the Heineken Cup twice with Munster, captaining them to their 2008 success.
O'Connell is the 10th Irishman to skipper the combined team and the second in a row after O'Driscoll's ill-fated stint in 2005 when he was injured in the first minute of the opening test in New Zealand and missed the rest of the series.
The 10-match tour begins on May 30 against a Highveld XV in Rustenburg.
The first test is in Durban on June 20, the second in Pretoria on June 27 and the third in Johannesburg on July 4.
The full squad:
Backs: Lee Byrne (Wales), Rob Kearney (Ireland), Shane Williams (Wales), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Ugo Monye (England), Luke Fitzgerald (Ireland), Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Tom Shanklin (Wales), Jamie Roberts (Wales), Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), Keith Earls (Ireland), Riki Flutey (England), Ronan O'Gara (Ireland), Stephen Jones (Wales), Mike Phillips (Wales), Harry Ellis (England), Tomas O'Leary (Ireland).
Forwards: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), Andy Powell (Wales), David Wallace (Ireland), Stephen Ferris (Ireland), Alan Quinlan (Ireland), Joe Worsley (England), Martyn Williams (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O'Connell (Ireland) (captain), Donncha O'Callaghan (Ireland), Simon Shaw (England), Nathan Hines (Scotland), Gethin Jenkins (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Andrew Sheridan (England), Phil Vickery (England), Euan Murray (Scotland), Jerry Flannery (Ireland), Lee Mears (England), Matthew Rees (Wales).