Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will captain a new-look British & Irish Lions side when they take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
Touring head coach Warren Gatland has named an entirely different XV to the one that suffered a shock 22-16 to the Blues on Wednesday with Owen Farrell called in to orchestrate from fly-half.
Also included is Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray, who returns to action following injury problems in the latter stages of the season and England youngster Jamie George, who is vying with Ken Owens and Rory Best for the role of Test hooker.
England wing Anthony Watson, who scored the tourists’ only try in their campaign-opening 13-7 win over the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, is named as a replacement.
“The aim was always to start everyone in the first three matches and this selection ensures that we achieve this,” said Gatland.
“This is an experienced team with nine of the starting 15 players having featured in 2013. Our squad is working hard and we are seeing improvement in their performances both at training and in the games.
“Last night’s result against the Blues was disappointing and we know we can’t afford to give away so many penalties. We are looking forward to the clash against the Crusaders and we expect a tough game against the most successful team in Super Rugby history.”
Lions team: Hogg, North, Davies; Te’o, Williams, Farrell, Murray; Vunipola, George, Furlong, Jones (capt), Kruis, O’Mahony, O’Brien, Faletau.
Replacements: Owens, McGrath, Cole, Itoje, Stander, Webb, Sexton, Watson.
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Jones, Farrell in Lions side vs. Crusaders
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