North fit for Australia Test

British and Irish Lions winger George North has been passed fit for Saturday's first Test against Australia after recovering from his hamstring problem.

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Lions tour: North fit for Saturday's Australia Test

Rob Howley says North's fit to play. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

British and Irish Lions winger George North has been passed fit for Saturday's first Test against Australia after recovering from his hamstring problem.

North was a doubt for the series opener at Suncorp Stadium after sustaining the injury a week ago, but assistant coach Rob Howley says he has fully recovered.

"George came through a fitness test this morning and I've never seen him in better shape. He'll be available and that's a big boost for us,"


Shane set for Lions outing against ACT Brumbies

Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams will line up against ACT Brumbies today in his one off game for the British and Irish Lions. The 36 year-old retired from international rugby in 2011 and currently plays for Mitsubishi Dynaboars in Japan.

Williams - who scored 58 tries in 87 Tests for Wales - will play alongside fellow Welshmen Ian Evans, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau.

Richard Hibbard and Dan Lydiate are on the bench for the Lions' last warm-up game before the first Test against Australia on Saturday.


Call-ups come after North and Roberts injury concerns

Shane Williams will line up alongside other recent call-ups Christian Wade, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Ryan Grant and Rory Best on Tuesday against the Brumbies.

The Lions are protecting Wales winger George North, who reported a tight hamstring against a Combined Country XV last Tuesday.

Another man who was likely to start against Australia on Saturday, Jamie Roberts, suffered a leg injury in the win over New South Wales Waratahs yesterday.

Lions team to play ACT Brumbies: R Kearney; C Wade, B Barritt, B Twelvetrees, S Williams; S Hogg, B Youngs; R Grant, R Best (capt), M Stevens, I Evans, R Gray, S O'Brien, J Tipuric, T Faletau.

Replacements: R Hibbard, A Corbisiero, D Cole, G Parling, D Lydiate, C Murray, O Farrell, S Zebo.

Shock Lions call-up for veteran Shane Williams

Shane Williams toured with the Lions in 2005 and 2009. Credit: PA

Former Wales winger Shane Williams has been called up by the British and Irish Lions, for their final warm-up game in Australia on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old is Wales' all-time record try scorer, but retired from Test rugby 18 months ago, and has been playing at semi-professional level in Japan.

Williams will line up on the wing against the ACT Brumbies on Canberra in Tuesday, as one of six players who were not in the original tour squad.

The call-ups have come due to injury concerns over players like Jamie Roberts and George North, with the Lions' first Test against Australia on Saturday.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland said "We just said we needed Shane for one game. He comes in Monday, trains, plays on Tuesday and he leaves the squad on Wednesday. He was perfectly happy with that."

"He's in pretty good nick. We know that he is fit and training, and I am sure he will come and do the jersey proud and do himself proud."

Williams told talkSPORT "It was completely out of the blue. I am more shocked than you are. It is still sinking in, and what I will do on the field is give my 100 percent effort and commitment and do whatever it takes to help the team out."

"I have been playing in Japan over the last 12 months. Fitness is not going to be an issue."

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