British & Irish Lions team to play the Sharks – Rugby World


British & Irish Lions workforce to play the Sharks

Warren Gatland has named his workforce for the match towards the Sharks on the British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa.

Ulster and Eire lock Iain Henderson will captain the aspect whereas Adam Beard, Tom Curry and Josh Navidi will all make their Lions debuts.

There are additionally first begins on this tour for Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Gareth Davies, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Zander Fagerson and Sam Simmonds.

That is the second match on South African soil for the 2021 vacationers, after they beat Sigma Lions 56-14 on Saturday.

They’ll play Durban-based franchise the Sharks on the similar venue as the primary recreation, Johannesburg’s Emirates Airline Park. The match will kick off at 6pm UK & Eire time, the unique begin time being moved ahead an hour to permit individuals to look at England’s Euro 2020 semi-final towards Denmark.

“It’s a fast turnaround from Saturday, however we’ll be able to go by Wednesday night time,” mentioned Gatland.

“I’m happy we managed to come back by the weekend’s recreation unscathed, and the boys have rested and recovered nicely. We really feel like we’re slowly constructing, however, as ever, there’s nonetheless room for enchancment in all aspects of our recreation.

“Wednesday night time is one other likelihood for us to take a look at a number of extra mixtures. I’m wanting ahead to seeing how the again row goes; it’s an thrilling combination and one which we hope will supply one thing a bit totally different.”

British & Irish Lions workforce to play the Sharks

Liam Williams; Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Bundee Aki, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Mako Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson (captain), Adam Beard, Josh Navidi, Tom Curry, Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Stuart Hogg, Chris Harris.

After this match the Lions play the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday 10 July. All tour matches are televised stay on Sky Sports activities within the UK and Eire.

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