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Sam Warburton fit to lead Lions against Highlanders

The Wales flanker missed the 12-3 win over the Crusaders Credit: PA Wire

Sam Warburton has beaten his ankle injury and will captain the British and Irish Lions against the Highlanders on Tuesday, the team have announced.

The Wales flanker missed the 12-3 win over the Crusaders, but has made a full recovery - and now has the chance to prove his form and fitness for the first All Blacks test on June 24th.

Ireland's Jared Payne has shaken off a calf issue to start at full-back, while Wales' Dan Biggar has beaten a head injury to feature at fly-half.

With every member of the 41-man squad having started one of the first three games, Head Coach Warren Gatland has named a new starting line-up to face the Dunedin-based Super Rugby side.

At this stage of the Tour everyone has had a start and as coaches we are happy that all the players have had a chance to put their hand up and perform in the Lions jersey. Each game is a chance for individuals to shine but more importantly it's about a collective performance. We are building some momentum and we have improved with every game. We were obviously pleased with the win against the Crusaders, especially our defence and game management, but we know the Highlanders will be another massive test for us as a squad.

– Warren Gatland, British & Irish Lions head coach

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