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Highlanders vs British & Irish Lions Today

Highlanders vs British & Irish Lions Today

Today is the match between the Highlanders & Lions.

It is only the 4th tour match of the British & Irish Lions’ tour to NZ after last weekend’s morale-boosting defeat of the Crusaders.

Date

Tuesday, June 13.

What time does it start?

It kicks-off at 8.35am (BST).

What channel can you watch?

This match will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1, with all build-up starting at 8am.

 

Team news

The Highlanders have chosen only 3 current All Blacks in their lineup for the match vs the British & Irish Lions.

These 3 players mostly will be benched in the 1st test at Auckland on June 24th. They are Fly-half Lima Sopoaga, centre Malakai & winger Waisake who has been given dispensations by the All Blacks to play in the match.

Liam Coltman is also a good addition in the Highlanders’ starting lineup due to scrum-half Aaron Smith & full-back Ben Smith who were expected to start for the All Blacks vs the Lions are not available.

Players missing this match

  1. Elliot Dixon
  2. Ash Dixon
  3. Joe Wheeler
  4. Rob Thompson &
  5. Tom Franklin

This is because they are due to play for the New Zealand Maori vs the Lions on Saturday.

Otago Highlanders side will be facing the Lions

  1. Richard Buckman
  2. Waisake Naholo
  3. Malakai Fekitoa
  4. Teihorangi Walden
  5. Tevita Li
  6. Lima Sopoaga
  7. Kayne Hammington
  8. Luke Whitelock (captain)
  9. Gareth Evans
  10. Dillon Hunt
  11. Jackson Hemopo
  12. Alex Ainley
  13. Siate Tokolahi
  14. Liam Coltman
  15. Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Replacements

  1. Greg Pleasants-Tate
  2. Aki Seiuli
  3. Siosuia Halanukonuka
  4. Josh Dickson
  5. Jimmy Lentjes
  6. Josh Renton
  7. Marty Banks
  8. Patrick Osborne.

Sam Warburton has been named captain in a transformed side to face Highlanders in the 4th match of the tour in Dunedin & the Welsh back rower return to action after missing the last 2 contests.

Warburton was drawn in the unconvincing, tour-opening victory over a Provincial Barbarians side but was not chosen for the succeeding loss to the Auckland Blues or the 12-3 win over the Canterbury Crusaders.

The Lions coach Warren Gatland named a new 15 team on Sunday & the New Zealander could expect another bruising test of his side’s credentials with the 3 match series against the All Blacks alarming on the horizon.

The Highlanders hold rank 4 of 5 New Zealand franchises in this year’s competition & the 2015 Super Rugby champions have been victorious in ten of their fourteen matches & are guaranteed at least a playoff berth.

British & Irish Lions

  1. J Payne (Ireland)
  2. Nowell J(England)
  3. J Joseph (England)
  4. R Henshaw (Ireland)
  5. T Seymour (Scotland)
  6. D Biggar (Wales)
  7. R Webb (Wales)
  8. J Marler (England)
  9. R Best (Ireland)
  10. K Sinckler (England)
  11. C Lawes (England)
  12. I Henderson (Ireland)
  13. J Haskell (England)
  14. S Warburton (Wales, capt)
  15. CJ St&er (Ireland).

Replacement

  1. K Owens (Wales)
  2. J McGrath (Ireland)
  3. D Cole (England)
  4. A W Jones (Wales)
  5. J Tipuric (Wales)
  6. G Laidlaw (Scotland)
  7. O Farrell (England)
  8. E Daly (England).

 

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