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Gatland: Vunipola a big loss, rest of Lions 'pretty good'

DUBLIN (AP) Following the massive blow of Billy Vunipola's withdrawal, Warren Gatland reported the rest of his British and Irish Lions squad was fit or getting there a week out from leaving for New Zealand.

A week after leading Saracens to the European club championship, No. 8 Vunipola pulled out on Sunday, a day after aggravating a right shoulder injury in the English Premiership semifinals. He needs surgery. He was replaced by England teammate James Haskell, another first-time Lion.

The other injured Lions include Wales hooker Ken Owens (ankle), Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien (calf), and Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb (groin). They missed the Pro12 playoffs last weekend. Ireland prop Jack McGrath had an arm X-ray come back clear.

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