Murray To Captain Lions In Cape Town – Irish Rugby

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Conor Murray will captain the British & Irish Lions for the primary time after they play South Africa ‘A’ at Cape City Stadium on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm native time/7pm Irish time).

The Munster and Eire scrum half, who was appointed tour captain following Alun Wyn Jones’ injury-enforced withdrawal, leads a staff exhibiting twelve adjustments in whole.

Anthony Watson, Chris Harris and Dan Biggar, all within the back-line, are the one gamers retained from final Saturday’s 71-31 victory over the Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.

Murray’s Eire team-mate Bundee Aki joins Harris in midfield, with the Scotland worldwide switching to outdoors centre. Ulster skipper Iain Henderson begins within the second row.

Kildare man Tadhg Beirne, who touched down twice within the rematch with the Sharks, is included on a bench that has a six-two break up of forwards and backs.

The sport towards South Africa ‘A’ will likely be proven dwell and completely on Sky Sports activities Motion & Primary Occasion, and is the fourth match in an eight-game collection culminating within the three Assessments towards South Africa.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland commented: “We’re happy to have arrived in Cape City as we close to the midway stage of the collection.

“Wednesday’s sport towards South Africa ‘A’ will likely be our hardest encounter since we arrived right here and we’re wanting ahead to it. We count on them to be bodily within the contact space and look to check us at scrum time.”

He added: “I believe we’ve benefitted from taking part in at altitude within the first three video games. Whereas the boys have felt it of their lungs, they’ll be all the higher for it now we’re at sea degree.

“As we transfer in the direction of the enterprise finish of the tour, it’s pleasing to see so many gamers placing in some stand-out performances. As coaches we would like the gamers to make Check choice as onerous as potential and that’s what we’re seeing.”

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS Staff & Replacements (v South Africa ‘A’, 2021 Fort Lager Lions Collection – Tour Match, Cape City Stadium, Cape City, Wednesday, July 14, kick-off 8pm native time/7pm Irish time):

15. Anthony Watson (Tub/England) #816
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester/Wales) #846
13. Chris Harris (Gloucester/Scotland) #844
12. Bundee Aki (Connacht/Eire) #837
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby/Wales) #836
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints/Wales) #821
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Eire) (capt) #790
1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets/Wales) #842
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets/Wales) #829
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears/England) #814
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens/England) #825
5. Iain Henderson (Ulster/Eire) #808
6. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby/Wales) #854
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks/England) #853
8. Taulupe Faletau (Tub/Wales) #779

Replacements:

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs/England) #851
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens/England) #787
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland) #848
19. Adam Beard (Ospreys/Wales) #852
20. Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Eire) #838
21. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs/England) #849
22. Gareth Davies (Scarlets/Wales) #850
23. Elliot Daly (Saracens/England) #822

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Boyle: It’s Good To Get The First Cap

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