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Joseph to start against Hurricanes

26 June 2017

Bath Rugby’s Jonathan Joseph will start for The British and Irish Lions tomorrow when they take on the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.

Rory Best, who leads the side for the second time on this Tour following victory over the Chiefs, spearheads the same forward pack from Hamilton while there is continuity at halfback in Dan Biggar and Greig Laidlaw.

Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result, but it is important to regroup. We know there are a lot of players motivated to go out and get a result for the whole group.

“A few players put their hands up for selection from the Chiefs game and played their way into the Test team so they know that there is another opportunity for them on Tuesday against the Super Rugby champions.”

British & Irish Lions (v Hurricanes, Tuesday June 27th, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)

15. Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England, #828

14. Tommy Seymour – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, #813

13. Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby, England, #809

12. Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland, #824

11. George North – Northampton Saints, Wales, #792

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, ~834

18. Tomas Francis – Exeter Chiefs, Wales

19. Cory Hill – Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales

20. George Kruis – Saracens, England, #817

21. Gareth Davies – Scarlets, Wales

22. Finn Russell – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland

23. Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland, #830

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