Wed 23 Jun 2021 | 03:58

Loose forward shake-up for B&I Lions

Loose forward shake-up for B&I Lions
Wed 23 Jun 2021 | 03:58
Loose forward shake-up for B&I Lions
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TEAM UPDATE: Britsh ad Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has been forced to change his squad to take on Japan at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

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Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby flank Hamish Watson has been replaced by Wales Justin Tipuric in the starting line-up for this Saturday’s clash with Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium for The Lions 1888 Cup.

The Scottish loose forward suffered a concussion in training yesterday and will begin the graduated return-to-play protocol.

The match raises the curtain for the Lions’ eagerly-awaited tour to South Africa, which culminates in a three-Test series against Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks.

The Lions’ eight-game Tour to South Africa kicks off on Saturday, July 3 when they play the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Three weeks later, Cape Town Stadium will host the opening Test match of the B&I Lions Series – the first Lions Test in the Mother City since 1997.

British and Irish Lions – revised: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Ali Price, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Anthony Watson.

Date: Saturday, June 26
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15.00 (14.00 GMT; 23.00 JST)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset, Ludovic Cayre
TMO: Eric Gauzins

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PV: 23
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