WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Rory Best will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Hurricanes on Tuesday with Warren Gatland naming Jonathan Joseph and George North among the backs.
Best skippers the Lions for the second time on this tour after he led them against the Chiefs last week.
With the squad looking to bounce back from their defeat against the All Blacks, this match offers the matchday 23 a chance to impress Gatland ahead of Thursday’s team announcement for the second Test.
The pack is unchanged from the one that started against the Chiefs, but there are changes in the backs.
Dan Biggar is partnered with Greig Laidlaw at half-back, while Jonathan Joseph links up with Robbie Henshaw in the centres.
North, Tommy Seymour and Jack Nowell form the back three.
The British & Irish Lions dejected after their defeat to the All Blacks. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
“We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result last night but it is important to regroup. We know there are a lot of players motivated to go out and get a result for the whole group,” Gatland said.
“A few players put their hands up for selection from the Chiefs game and played their way into the Test team so they know that there is another opportunity for them on Tuesday against the Super Rugby champions.”
British & Irish Lions:
Jack Nowell, Tommy Seymour, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, George North, Dan Biggar, Greig Laidlaw; Joe Marler, Rory Best (captain), Dan Cole, Iain Henderson, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander
Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Allan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, George Kruis, Gareth Davies, Finn Russell, Jared Payne
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