BREAKING: British & Irish Lions name team for first South Africa test

Jones to return as captain with Beirne and Adams starting

Despite a leak yesterday afternoon, the British & Irish Lions have named a slightly different one to that in The Times.

Robert Rees brings you the team news.

British & Irish Lions team:

15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) #783

14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816

13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822

12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #824

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #841

10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) #821

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) #843

  1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) #842

2.Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) #851

3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #818

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) #825

5. Alun Wyn Jones – captain (Ospreys, Wales) #761

6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) #826

7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) #853

8. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #839


  1. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) #829
  2. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #840
  3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, England) #814
  4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838
  5. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) #847
  6. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #790
  7. Owen Farrell (Saracens, England) #780
  8. Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) #833

Kick-off is 5PM BST, in Cape Town, where the Lions have also confirmed all three tests will be played, rather than at three separate grounds.

NOTE: Alun Wyn Jones will join an illustrious group to have played 10 more times for the Lions in a test match whilst there are three Scottish players in the line-up for the first time since 1997.

South African team news


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Jones to return as captain with Beirne and Adams starting