The British and Irish Lions face South Africa “A” tonight as tourists prepare for their test run against the Springboks continues.
After beating Japan and Sigma Lions for the first time, the Lions beat the Cell C Sharks twice last week, with the South African team playing their scheduled game against Warren Gatland’s team on Wednesday before replacing the Bulls on short notice on Saturday after a Covid outbreak.
With the first of the Lions’ three test matches against the world champions scheduled for July 24, the Gatland players will next face a South African “A” team containing a number of established Springboks.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Cape Town warm-up match.
When is it?
The game kicks off at 7 p.m. BST tonight.
How can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with the game also available to stream live on the broadcaster’s website and the SkyGo app.
What is the news of the team?
Conor Murray will make his first start since being named replacement for Alun Wyn Jones as captain of the British and Irish Lions in Wednesday’s clash with South Africa ‘A’.
Murray reunites with Dan Biggar as defender at Cape Town Stadium in a combination that was last seen in the 28-10 win over Japan that kicked off the tour in Edinburgh last month. Murray played 29 minutes as a substitute against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in his second appearance on the tour, his afternoon cut short by a yellow card for killing the ball.
There are only three XV survivors who overwhelmed Natal’s squad, with Biggar, Anthony Watson and Chris Harris retaining their places. Watson made successive starts and moved from wing to back to form a full back three with Welsh duo Louis Rees-Zammit and Josh Adams. Harris moves from inside to outside center, Bundee Aki taking the No.12 jersey.
Warren Gatland has opted for a back row of Josh Navidi, Tom Curry and Taulupe Faletau as the Lions await their toughest test of the tour after amassing a total of 181 points in three games against the provincial opposition.
Lions XV: 15. Anthony Watson, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Conor Murray (C); 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Iain Henderson, 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Taulupe Faletau.
Substitutes: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Tadhg Beirne, 21. Sam Simmonds, 22. Gareth Davies, 23. Elliot Daly.
South Africa ‘A’ XV: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am (C), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sbu Nkosi, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Faf de Klerk; 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Joseph Dweba, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese.
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20. Rynhardt Elstadt, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Jesse Kriel, 23. Damian Willemse, 24. Kwagga Smith, 25. Elton Jantjies.
South Africa ‘A’: 13/10