British & Irish Lions Forced Into A Number Of Late Changes Ahead Of Sharks Clash

Reshuffle.

The British and Irish Lions have been forced into a number of late changes ahead of their clash with the Sharks this evening.

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) will replace Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) in the starting XV for this evening’s Castle Lager Lions Series clash against Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld (kick off 5pm BST).

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Second-row Itoje has been suffering from a mild gastric bug. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) is called into the replacements.

Elsewhere, Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) also takes a place on the bench, replacing Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) who is managing an Achilles issue.

Sharks vs British & Irish Lions
Saturday 10 July 2021
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 5pm (BST)

15. Liam Williams
14. Anthony Watson
13. Elliot Daly
12. Chris Harris
11. Duhan van der Merwe
10. Dan Biggar
9. Gareth Davies
1. Rory Sutherland
2. Jamie George (c)
3. Tadhg Furlonh
4. Courtney Lawes
5. Jonny Hil
6. Tadhg Beirne
7. Hamish Watson
8. Jack Conan

Replacements:
16. Ken Owens
17. Wyn Jones
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. Adam Beard
20. Sam Simmonds
21. Tom Curry
22. Conor Murray
23. Bundee Aki