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Lions: Leigh Halfpenny called into squad for Hurricanes clash

Leigh Halfpenny Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been called into the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour match with the Hurricanes and will be on the bench.

Irishman Jared Payne has complained of headaches, and been stood down as a precaution.

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North back in Lions starting XV for Hurricanes clash

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Warren Gatland has named the Lions team to face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Tuesday.

Welsh players George North, Dan Biggar and Justin Tipuric make the starting line up.

Kristian Dacey, Tom Francis, Cory Hill and Gareth Davies all start on the bench.

Irishman Rory Best captains the side as they look to bounce back from their 30 - 15 defeat in the first test against the All Blacks on Saturday.

We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result on Saturday but it is important to regroup.

We know there are a lot of players motivated to go out and get a result for the whole group.

A few players put their hands up for selection from the Chiefs game and played their way into the Test team, so they know that there is another opportunity for them on Tuesday against the Super Rugby champions.

– Warren Gatland, British and Irish Lions Head Coach

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Lions defeated 30 - 15 in New Zealand

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The British and Irish Lions have lost the first test match against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

The tourists were beaten 30 - 15 at Eden Park, where the All Blacks haven't been beaten since 1994.

Sean O'Brien scored one of the greatest tries in British and Irish Lions history - but world champions New Zealand still won a pulsating first Test in emphatic fashion.

Ireland flanker O'Brien pounced four minutes before half-time, finishing off a spectacular 80-metre move that was started by full-back Liam Williams' dazzling running.

Owen Farrell added a penalty for the Lions, and replacement scrum-half Rhys Webb claimed a try deep into injury time that Farrell converted, but they will now head to Wellington knowing that victory is required next Saturday to keep the three-match series alive.

Williams and his Wales colleague Jonathan Davies were at the attacking heart of thrilling Lions adventure, yet the forwards were given a sometimes torrid time in the scrums, and the All Blacks finished far stronger.

The Lions almost struck with another wonder score early in the second-half - Wllliams, Davies and Daly were again heavily involved - but New Zealand had just enough in defence to deny them, then Watson set off on a weaving run as the game continued at a relentless pace.

Saracens lock Maro Itoje made his entrance midway through the third quarter, replacing an often out-of-sorts Alun Wyn Jones, with prop Jack McGrath and tour captain Sam Warburton also going on before Ioane's try effectively sealed the contest.

And when Barrett completed his penalty hat-trick and Ioane claimed his second try, there was no way back for the Lions as the wait for a Test victory over the All Blacks - they last achieved one 24 years ago - goes on.


Warburton benched as four Welsh players make Lions XV

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Lions tour captain Sam Warburton will have to settle for a place on the bench as the British and Irish Lions unveil their team to take on New Zealand in the first test on Saturday.

Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the side for their Eden Park clash.

It the first time a tour captain has not led the Lions in an opening Test since England's Doug Prentice missed out in 1930.

Liam Williams starts at fullback at the expense of Leigh Halfpenny who has earned a spot on the bench.

Jonathan Davies, Alun Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau have also been handed places in the starting XV, with Ken Owen, Rhys Webb and tour captain Sam Warburton joining Halfpenny on the bench.

Lions: Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Ben Te’o, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Conor Murray, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Peter O’Mahony (c), Sean O’Brien, Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, Jonathan Sexton, Leigh Halfpenny

We have picked a side based on form with a lot of players putting their hands up, especially from the Crusaders and Maori All Blacks games, and it was a lively selection meeting. The win against the Chiefs was also extremely important for the squad and some players played themselves into the side. We have continuously been strong at set piece and have been good defensively in the last two or three outings. But to beat the All Blacks you have to be courageous and play some rugby - you have to score tries and I think we have picked a team capable of doing that.

– Warren Gatland, Lions Head Coach

New Lions call-ups on bench for Chiefs game

Alun Wyn Jones is also on the bench for Tuesday's game Credit: PA photo

All four Welsh players summoned into the Lions' squad this weekend have been named on the bench for Tuesday's match against Waikato Chiefs.

Hooker Kristian Dacey, prop Tomas Francis, second row Cory Hill and scrum half Gareth Davies linked up with the party following Wales' 24-6 win over Tonga on Friday.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is also among the replacements for game in Hamilton, while Liam Williams - selected at full back - Dan Biggar and Justin Tipuric are in the starting fifteen.

Tuesday's game at FMG Stadium Waikato is the Lions' last outing before Saturday's first test. Warren Gatland's men have yet to win a midweek match on tour.

  • 15. Liam Williams
  • 14. Jack Nowell
  • 13. Jared Payne
  • 12. Robbie Henshaw
  • 11. Elliot Daly
  • 10. Dan Biggar
  • 9. Greig Laidlaw
  • 1. Joe Marler
  • 2. Rory Best (c)
  • 3. Dan Cole
  • 4. Iain Henderson
  • 5. Courtney Lawes
  • 6. James Haskell
  • 7. Justin Tipuric
  • 8. CJ Stander
  • Replacements: 16. Kristian Dacey 17. Allan Dell 18. Tomas Francis 19. Cory Hill 20. Alun Wyn Jones 21. Gareth Davies 22. Finn Russell 23. Tommy Seymour
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