Murray to lead Lions vs SA ‘A’; Watson at full-back

Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray, who was named as the new British and Irish Lions tour skipper after Alun Wyn Jones’ injury, is named to captain the Lions in a team announcement for the first time vs South Africa ‘A’ in Cape Town on Wednesday; Anthony Watson starts at full-back

Last Updated: 12/07/21 10:01am

Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has been named to captain the Lions in a team announcement for the first time

Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has been named to captain the Lions in a team announcement for the first time

Conor Murray has been named to captain the British and Irish Lions on the field for the first time on Wednesday, as the Lions face a South Africa ‘A’ side in Cape Town. 

Elsewhere, Warren Gatland has made 12 changes to his starting XV, with only Chris Harris in the centre, Dan Biggar at 10 and Anthony Watson, who starts at full-back, retained from the 71-31 victory over the Sharks on Saturday.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray (c); 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Josh Navidi, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Elliot Daly.

More to follow…

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