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Warburton to lead British & Irish Lions against Highlanders



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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named Tour captain Sam Warburton to lead the side that will play Super Rugby franchise the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday.

With every member of the 41-man squad having started one of the first three games, Head Coach Warren Gatland has named a new starting line-up to face the Dunedin-based Super Rugby side.

Gatland said: “At this stage of the Tour everyone has had a start and as coaches we are happy that all the players have had a chance to put their hand up and perform in the Lions jersey.

“Each game is a chance for individuals to shine but more importantly it’s about a collective performance. We are building some momentum and we have improved with every game.

“We were obviously pleased with the win against the Crusaders, especially our defence and game management, but we know the Highlanders will be another massive test for us as a squad.”

British & Irish Lions

15 Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland, 14 Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England, 13 Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby, England, 12 Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland, 11 Tommy Seymour – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, 10 Dan Biggar – Ospreys, Wales, 9 Rhys Webb – Ospreys, Wales, 1 Joe Marler – Harlequins, England, 2 Rory Best – Ulster, Ireland, 3 Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England, 4 Courtney Lawes – Northampton Saints, England, 5 Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland, 6 James Haskell – Wasps, England, 7 Sam Warburton (capt) – Cardiff Blues, Wales,
8 CJ Stander – Munster, Ireland,

Replacements: 16 Ken Owens – Scarlets, Wales, 17 Jack McGrath – Leinster, Ireland, 18 Dan Cole – Leicester Tigers, England, 19 Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys, Wales, 20 Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales, 21 Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester Rugby, Scotland, 22 Owen Farrell – Saracens, England, 23 Elliot Daly – Wasps, England,

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