Sun. Sep 26th, 2021

Prop Mako Vunipola replaces Rory Sutherland in Cape Town, with scrum-half Conor Murray in for Ali Price and centre Chris Harris starting in place of Elliot Daly.

Number eight Taulupe Faletau is on the bench after losing out on choice for the very first Test, while Liam Williams and Hamish Watson leave of the 23.
The Lions came from 12-3 down at half-time to win the series opener 22-17.
” As constantly, selection was exceptionally hard,” said Gatland.
” However, weve made the modifications we think are the ideal calls for the weekends game.”

Prop Mako Vunipola comes in to start versus South Africa on SaturdayHead coach Warren Gatland has made three changes to his beginning XV as the Irish and british Lions aim to wrap up the series against South Africa in the second Test on Saturday.

Dan Biggar, who kicked 14 points last weekend, is called to begin at fly-half subject to passing both the concussion return-to-play procedures and an assessment by an independent concussion specialist.
Gatland included: “We know the Springboks will be hurting and theyll toss whatever at us on Saturday, however I think theres plenty more to come from us too.
” We feel we can go up another level from where we remained in the first Test and I would anticipate us to improve.
” Its the biggest game on the trip and we need to welcome the expectation that features it. As players and coaches, these are the games you want to be associated with.
” Were delighting in the chance to face the Springboks once again on Saturday and potentially seal a series win.”
Maro Itoje, who was the Player of the Match in the first Test, begins when again and Gatland has actually hailed the 26-year-old.
” I believed it was an exceptional efficiency. I made a joke that it was the very first time in 360-odd video games that Maro Itoje had not distributed a charge,” the coach said.
” I talked to him last night as well and said perhaps the penny has actually lastly dropped because I thought his decision-making around the game, in regards to when he chose things and when he chose to leave things alone [was excellent] ” I kind of discovered in the past he has gone after lost causes and pursued things that he didnt require to do and most likely lost a great deal of energy.
” But I thought on Saturday his decision-making over when to go after something – counter-ruck or a breakdown, lineout things – was outstanding. So for me that was most likely the very best I d seen him play in any sort of jersey. I thought we saw an exceptionally mature performance last weekend.”
Steven Kitshoff will win his 50th cap this weekendSouth Africa have actually also made 3 changes to their starting XV.
World Cup-winning props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe both start, with Leicesters Jasper Wiese replacing Kwagga Smith at number 8.
Ox Nche, excellent in the first Test, misses out on out due to the fact that of a neck injury.
The Springboks have actually gone back to their 6/2 split on the bench, with Saracens prop Vincent Koch among the 6 forwards in reserve.
” This is a huge game for us; it is pass away or do in order to remain in the race to win the series and we selected a group that provides connection in selection, but likewise that we thought would be the finest fit to attain the objectives we have actually set for this match,” stated head coach Jacques Nienaber.
The match is the second of the three-Test series, with all three games occurring in Cape Town to minimize taking a trip and the danger of a Covid outbreak in either camp.
The accumulation to the series was stressed by Covid issues, with several Springbok gamers and staff screening favorable in the weeks leading up to the first Test.
In addition, a Lions team member returned a positive result which led to full-back Stuart Hogg needing to separate as a close contact, missing out on a handful of warm-up games.
With both teams presently Covid-free and mostly at full strength, the phase is set for another impressive face-off in the Mother City as the Lions bid to replicate the heroes of 1974 and 1997 and win a Test series in South Africa.
British & & Irish Lions: Hogg; A Watson, Harris, Henshaw, Van der Merwe; Biggar, Murray; Vunipola, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, AW Jones, Lawes, Curry, Conan.
Replacements: Owens, Sutherland, Sinckler, Beirne, Faletau, Price, Farrell, Daly.
South Africa: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk; Kitshoff, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Mostert, Kolisi, Du Toit, Wiese
Replacements: Marx, Nyakane, Koch, De Jager, Van Staden, Smith, H Jantjies, Willemse.

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