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Courtney Lawes: Northampton star handed first Lions start

Courtney Lawes will start against the Blues. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints second row Courtney Lawes will make his debut for the British and Irish Lions in Wednesday's tour match against the Blues.

The 28-year-old is one of 15 changes from the side that stuttered past the Provincial Barbarians.

Lawes' Saints teammate George North won't feature in the match in Auckland, but should face the Crusaders on Saturday.

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Sporting events to look out for in the East this weekend

It's set to be a glorious weekend of weather so why not get out and watch some sport?

Whether it's watching cricket's County Championship or taking in some football, there's something for everyone.

This weekend's football fixtures

  • Fulham v Ipswich Town (Championship)
  • Norwich City v Reading (Championship)
  • Northampton Town v Sheffield United (League One)
  • Charlton Athletic v Southend United (League One)
  • Coventry City v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Swindon Town v MK Dons (League One)
  • Cambridge United v Leyton Orient (League Two)
  • Colchester United v Stevenage (League Two)
  • Barnet v Luton Town (League Two)
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