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Monday, 15 June 2009

Lions Side Named For Kings Clash

The British and Irish Lions have named their side to face the Southern Kings tomorrow afternoon. The last warm-up game before the first test with the Springboks, the side named this morning gives clues as to who will and won't be involved in the test series.

Lions team: K Earls (Munster & Ireland); S Williams (Ospreys & Wales), R Flutey (Wasps & England), G D'Arcy (Leinster & Ireland), L Fitzgerald (Leinster & Ireland), J Hook (Ospreys & Wales), M Blair (Edinburgh & Scotland); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks & England), R Ford (Edinburgh & Scotland), E Murray (Northampton & Scotland), S Shaw (Wasps & England), D O'Callaghan (Munster & Ireland) (capt), N Hines (Perpignan & Scotland), J Worsley (Wasps & England), A Powell (Cardiff Blues & Wales).

Replacements: M Rees (Scarlets & Wales), A Jones (Ospreys & Wales), T Croft (Leicester Tigers & England), D Wallace (Munster & Ireland), H Ellis (Leicester Tigers & England

Two points to note, Shane Williams has a virus and there is a doubt over his participation in the game. The Beeb are reporting that he hasn't travelled for the match and that Tommy Bowe of Ulster and Ireland has been called up as a standby.

Secondly, according to rugby guru Rob who's been posting here in the last few weeks, some of those named in the side could yet figure in the test team. He's asked me to tell you to look out for Simon Shaw and Luke Fitzgerald in particular as players who could yet make the 22 for Saturday, particularly if they're substituted from tomorrow's game at about the fifty minute mark.


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