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29th Jun 2017

Lions make three absolutely massive changes for Second Test against New Zealand

And CJ Stander makes the bench

Patrick McCarry

Six changes in personnel ahead of a massively tough test against New Zealand in Wellington.

Maro Itoje and Sam Warburton, who regains the captaincy, have been recalled to the Lions starting XV for the Second Test against the All Blacks.

Peter O’Mahony, who captained the Lions in the First Test, is dropped from the matchday squad entirely as Ireland back-row CJ Stander makes the bench, along with Courtney Lawes and Jack Nowell.

The big surprise is in the 10/12 axis, with Owen Farrell moved to inside centre to accommodate new Lions No.10 Johnny Sexton. Ben Te’o has to settle for a place on the replacements bench.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand named a fearsome XV themselves, with Waisake Naholo and Anton Lienert Brown coming into the backline.

The Lions also confirmed that both Robbie Henshaw [torn pectoral muscle] and George North [hamstring] would miss the remainder of the tour. With 45 already in the tour group and no midweek games left, the tourists are not expected to make any late additions.


Liam Williams

Anthony Watson
Jonathan Davies
Owen Farrell
Elliot Daly

Johnny Sexton
Conor Murray

Mako Vunipola
Jamie George
Tadhg Furlong

Maro Itoje
Alun Wyn Jones

Sam Warburton (capt)
Sean O’Brien
Toby Faletau

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.

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