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Lions v Stormers kick-off time, TV channel, team news and live stream info

The Lions continue their tour of South Africa with one final warm-up before taking on the the Springboks.

Warren Gatland’s side face the Stormers this weekend on the back of a bruising clash with South Africa A on Wednesday, with final preparations set to take shape ahead of the crucial three-match Test series.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming clash.

When do the Lions play the Stormers? What time is kick-off?

The Lions face the Stormers on Saturday, July 17, at 5pm BST at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town.

What TV channel is it on? What about live streaming?

The Lions’ game against the Stormers’ will be broadcast live and exclusively on Sky Sports, and customers can live stream coverage via the Sky Go app.

READ MORE: How to watch the Lions on TV if you don’t have Sky Sports

READ MORE: Lions rugby tour highlights to be shown on terrestrial TV on same day as match

What’s the team news?

Marcus Smith is poised to make his British and Irish Lions bow, having only made his international Test debut for England two weeks ago.

Smith was called up to Warren Gatland’s squad following a potential tour-ending injury to Finn Russell.

Robbie Henshaw makes his first start since the curtain-raiser with Japan last month, while Stuart Hogg is back to lead the team.

And, in a big twist, Alun Wyn Jones is included on the bench following his stunning recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Josh Adams, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ali Price; 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Jack Conan

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Chris Harris, 23 Louis Rees-Zammit.

DHL Stormers: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Juan de Jongh, 24 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 25 Niel Otto, 26 Leolin Zas, 27 Cornel Smit.

What have the coaches said?

Warren Gatland: “Obviously it’s a tight turnaround from Wednesday’s game but we’re in pretty good shape. The South Africa ‘A’ game was a physical encounter – we always knew it would be – but we’ve come out of it pretty much intact and ready to go again. Liam Williams will begin his return to play protocol following his HIA.

“We learnt a lot from Wednesday’s game and I hope the defeat will serve us well. There’re still some areas of the game we need to tighten up on, particularly reducing our turnover rate.

“Time and again on this Tour we’ve had to adapt in the face of the challenges created by COVID-19. I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and the players for the role each of them has played to get us to this point on the Tour.”

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson: “Any match against the British and Irish Lions is a historic occasion and we will be doing everything we can to do justice to the magnitude of this game.

“The team has been highly disciplined in our bubble this week and now it is about doing everything we can on the field for 80 minutes,

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