Breaking: Lions & All Blacks Teams Named For First Test On Saturday

Warren Gatland has named his Lions team for this weekend’s first Test in Eden Park.

Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony, who led the Lions in the victory over the Maori All Blacks, will skipper the side at Eden Park. There are seven Test Lions in the starting XV with three more on the bench.

Here’s the squad in full.

British & Irish Lions Team for 1st Test

15. Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales
14. Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby, England
13. Jonathan Davies – Scarlets, Wales
12. Ben Te’o – Worcester Warriors, England
11. Elliot Daly – Wasps, England
10. Owen Farrell – Saracens, England
9. Conor Murray – Munster, Ireland

1. Mako Vunipola – Saracens, England
2. Jamie George – Saracens, England
3. Tadhg Furlong – Leinster, Ireland
4. Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys, Wales
5. George Kruis – Saracens, England
6. Peter O’Mahony (capt) – Munster, Ireland
7. Sean O’Brien – Leinster, Ireland
8. Taulupe Faletau – Bath Rugby, Wales

Replacements
16. Ken Owens – Scarlets, Wales
17. Jack McGrath – Leinster, Ireland
18. Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England
19. Maro Itoje – Saracens, England
20. Sam Warburton – Cardiff Blues, Wales
21. Rhys Webb – Ospreys, Wales
22. Johnny Sexton – Leinster, Ireland
23. Leigh Halfpenny – Toulon, Wales

Meanwhile Kieran Read and Ryan Crotty both make their return in a seriously strong All Blacks team. Read returns at No 8 in one of three changes to the team that beat Samoa in a warm-up game last Friday.

He comes in for Ardie Savea, who drops to the bench, while the other two changes come in the back line with Ryan Crotty starting at outside centre and Rieko Ioane onto the left wing, having already played twice against the Lions, for the Blues and the Maori All Blacks.

All Blacks

15. Ben Smith (61)
14. Israel Dagg (62)
13. Ryan Crotty (26)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (34)
11. Rieko Ioane (2)
10. Beauden Barrett (50)
9. Aaron Smith (59)

1. Joe Moody (25)
2. Codie Taylor (16)
3. Owen Franks (91)
4. Brodie Retallick (61)
5. Samuel Whitelock (85)
6. Jerome Kaino (78)
7. Sam Cane (41)
8. Kieran Read (97) – Captain

Replacements:
16. Nathan Harris (5)
17. Wyatt Crockett (59)
18. Charlie Faumuina (47)
19. Scott Barrett (5)
20. Ardie Savea (13)
21. TJ Perenara (30)
22. Aaron Cruden (47) / Lima Sopoaga (7)
23. Anton Lienert-Brown (10)

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor at RugbyLAD. Any queries big or small you can reach him at [email protected]
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