June International Tours

Lions still have everything to play for


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British and Irish Lions Tour Manager, Gerald Davies, and Head Coach Ian McGeechan, today announced the Lions’ team for the Second Test against South Africa.


The selected team will play the Springboks in Pretoria on Saturday June 27th and will be led by Ireland’s Paul O’Connell.

Davies said, “The players know they came desperately close to winning the First Test in Durban. They have put that disappointment behind them as we head to Pretoria for one of the toughest challenges a team can face – playing South Africa at home at Loftus Versfeld. Buoyed by remaining unbeaten in the provincial matches the Lions are definitely ready for the challenge.”

Commenting on the team selection Head Coach Ian McGeechan said, “As a squad the Lions still have everything to play for. The players know that the outcome of the Test series comes down to Saturday and they are determined to take the series to a decider in Johannesburg.”

“There were many positives to come out of the First Test which we have built upon this week.”

“We have made five changes to the starting XV but it will not change the way we want to play. Both teams will be better for the run last weekend and we know we will have to step up our performance to ensure that we again take the game to the opposition and are more accurate in taking our opportunities.”

“The starting XV is an interesting one in that we have an all Welsh front row for an official Lions Test match for the first time since 1955*. We also have an all-Irish back three. I am also delighted for Simon Shaw who will play in first Lions Test after three tours and 16 matches in the famous red shirt,” added McGeechan.

(* Graham Price, Bobby Windsor, Charlie Faulkner played for Lion against Fiji in 1977)

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