Sat 10 Jul 2021 | 04:27

B&I Lions forced into late changes

B&I Lions forced into late changes
Sat 10 Jul 2021 | 04:27
B&I Lions forced into late changes
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INJURY UPDATE: British and Irish Lions will be without two of their key players for the match against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

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Courtney Lawes will replace his England teammate Maro Itoje in the starting XV for Saturday’s Lions Series clash against Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.

Second row Itoje has been suffering from a mild gastric bug.

Wales star Adam Beard is called into the replacements.

Elsewhere, Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) also takes a place on the bench, replacing Scotland playmaker Finn Russell, who is managing an Achilles issue.

British and Irish Lions – revised: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Jamie George (captain), 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Adam beard, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Tom Curry, 22 Conor Murray, 23 Bundee Aki.

Date: Saturday, July 10
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 18.00 (17.00 BST; 16.00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Stuart Berry

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