Lions team named for South Africa test

Warren Gatland has named his starting Lions XV for Saturday’s first test against South Africa.

As was reported, Conor Murray has to make do with a place on the bench, while Alun Wyn Jones is fit to start and captains the side.

Three Irish players are included from the start, Robbie Henshaw is at 12, Tadhg Furlong is at tight head while Jack Conan starts at 8.

Murray and Tadhg Beirne are among the replacements but there’s no place in the matchday squad for Bundee Aki or Iain Henderson.

Lions: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Ali Price;

Wyn Jones, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tadhg Furlong; Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (capt); Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Hamish Watson, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Liam Williams.

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