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British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named Rory Best to captains the Lions against the Chiefs at the FMG Stadium Waikato on Tuesday.

Rory Best will captain a new starting line-up as the Lions look to further build momentum towards the 1st Test following victory over the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua.

Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “We are five games into the Tour and there is still a lot to play for. Those involved on Tuesday will be playing not only for themselves in terms of further selection but also for the whole squad.

“We are here to win a Test series and we have brought cover for the replacements bench so we can limit the number of players who need to double up, which is tough to do at this level of rugby.

“We know it is going to be another big challenge against the Chiefs who have won the Super Rugby title twice in the last five years.”

British & Irish Lions

15. Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales, #833, 14. Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England, #828, 13. Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland, #830, 12. Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland, #824, 11. Elliot Daly – Wasps, England, #822, 10. Dan Biggar – Ospreys, Wales, #821, 9. Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester, Scotland, #810, 1. Joe Marler – Harlequins, England, #811, 2. Rory Best (c) – Ulster, Ireland, #793, 3. Dan Cole – Leicester Tigers, England, #794, 4. Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland, #808, 5. Courtney Lawes – Northampton Saints, England, #826, 6. James Haskell – Wasps, England, #823, 7. Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales, #786, 8. CJ Stander – Munster, Ireland, #831

Replacements: 16. Kristian Dacey – Cardiff Blues, Wales, 17. Allan Dell – Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland, 18. Tomas Francis – Exeter Chiefs, Wales, 19. Cory Hill – Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales, 20. Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys, Wales, #761, 21. Gareth Davies – Scarlets, Wales, 22. Finn Russell – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, 23. Tommy Seymour – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, #813

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