Last minute trade: Hamish Watson ruled out for British & Irish Lions friendly


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Last minute trade: Hamish Watson ruled out for British & Irish Lions friendly

The British & Irish Lions they were forced to make a last minute change to face Japan at Murrayfield on June 26, a game that can be seen live from 10.50 on ESPN 3.

Hamish Watson suffered a blow to the head in practice and may not be from the game. Instead, enter Justin Tipuric. The Scottish third row suffered a concussion in training yesterday and will begin the protocol back to graded play. In his place will be the Ospreys player, in what will be the only friendly prior to the tour of South Africa and just the third in the history of the Lions before their public.

TEAM

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c) , 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rory Sutherland

Alternates: 16 Jamie George, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Ali Price, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Anthony Watson

Date: Saturday, June 26
Place: Murrayfield
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
Assistant referees: Romain Poite, Pierre Brousset
TMO: Eric Gauzins


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