Lions give positive report on Owens, Warburton

6:31 PM BST

The British & Irish Lions have been given a clean bill of health ahead of their flight to New Zealand on Monday.

The Lions do not have anyone on standby, despite Ken Owens missing out on the Guinness PRO12 final due to an ankle injury.

“He did a lot of work last week which was really good,” Lions forwards coach Steve Borthwick said.

“He’s in camp this week and he’s developing really well.

“The latest report is he is progressing well and we’ve got two fully fit hookers in terms of Rory Best and Jamie George. Everybody’s going well. We want to assess how they go through the journey, we’ve got a long journey and with all the players we want to make sure they’re in great condition and good to go in New Zealand.”

Captain Sam Warburton last played in April, but Borthwick gave a positive report on his prospects of featuring in the tourists’ first match on June 3, saying: “Last week he was training fully”.

The Lions begin their journey on Monday and after a night in Melbourne, arrive in New Zealand on Wednesday ahead of their opener against the NZ Barbarians on Saturday.

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