World player of the year Shane Williams has described his Lions squad selection as "the ultimate honour".
Wales' record Test try-scorer, despite feverish speculation that he might be overlooked for this summer's 10-match South Africa tour, is one of six Ospreys players included, joining countrymen Lee Byrne, Mike Phillips, Adam Jones and Alun-Wyn Jones, plus Ireland wing Tommy Bowe.
Cardiff Blues also provide six squad members, with Scarlets pair Stephen Jones and Matthew Rees taking the Welsh total to 13, one behind RBS 6 Nations champions Ireland.
"To be selected for a Lions tour is the ultimate honour for a player, and I am extremely fortunate this is the second tour party I have made," said Williams.
"I am delighted to have made the squad, and I am excited about travelling to South Africa."
Williams and fellow Lion, prop Adam Jones, also offered sympathetic words for those Ospreys who did not make it, including Wales captain Ryan Jones and star centre Gavin Henson.
"There are some lads not in the squad that will be disappointed not to have been selected, but I am sure they will have the character and desire to bounce back from this," added Williams.
And Jones said: "I am gutted for those who aren't going, but I am sure they will take it on the chin and come back better players for it."
Ryan Jones can expect to be on the Lions' standby list - most tours produce at least seven injury casualties - but in the short term he is likely to captain Wales' two-Test North American tour this summer.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.