Lions v South Africa team announcements: Warren Gatland makes three changes as Springboks name side for second Test

Warren Gatland has made three changes to his British and Irish Lions starting XV to face South Africa in the second Test on Saturday (5pm kick-off).

Scrum-half Conor Murray, centre Chris Harris and prop Mako Vunipola come into the side, with Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau added to the bench after missing out on selection for the first Test.

Dan Biggar is named at fly-half, subject to completing the concussion return-to-play protocol and assessment by an independent concussion consultant.

Alun Wyn Jones captains the side to win his 11th successive Lions Test cap, alongside Maro Itoje in the second row.

The back-three of Anthony Watson, Duhan van der Merwe and Stuart Hogg remains unchanged, and there is once again no room for Josh Adams while Liam Williams misses out after a 10-minute cameo off the bench last time out. Deliver your verdict on the Lions team here.

South Africa have also made three changes to their starting XV and six to the matchday 23 in total. You can read the full Springbok team news here.

The tourists boast a 1-0 series lead thanks to a thrilling 22-17 win over the Springboks in Cape Town last weekend, and could seal the series if they claim another victory next time out.

Lions: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Conor Murray, 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Jack Conan.

Replacements: 16. Ken Owens, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Taulupe Faletau, 21. Ali Price, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Elliot Daly.

Springboks: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi (capt), 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Marco van Staden, 21. Kwagga Smith, 22. Herschel Jantjies, 23. Damian Willemse.


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