Lions opt for Welsh beef in attempt to shore up scrum

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour on 25 Jun 2009 at 13:59
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The British and Irish Lions have made five changes for the second Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday.

Article courtesy the BBC.

Simon Shaw replaces Alun Wyn Jones in the second row and Adam Jones and Matthew Rees come in for Phil Vickery and Lee Mears in the front row.

Rob Kearney takes over from injured Lee Byrne at full-back and Luke Fitzgerald replaces Ugo Monye on the left wing.

The Lions lost last Saturday’s first Test in Durban 26-21.

Saturday’s match will be the first time the Lions have had an all-Welsh Test front row since 1955, when Billy Williams, Bryn Meredith and Courtenay Meredith lined up against the Springboks.

British and Irish Lions team to play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday, 1400 BST:

R Kearney (Leinster and Ireland); T Bowe (Ospreys and Ireland), B O’Driscoll (Leinster and Ireland), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues and Wales), L Fitzgerald (Leinster and Ireland); S Jones (Scarlets and Wales), M Phillips (Ospreys and Wales); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues and Wales), M Rees (Scarlets and Wales), A Jones (Ospreys and Wales), S Shaw (Wasps and England), P O’Connell (Munster and Ireland, capt), T Croft (Leicester and England), D Wallace (Munster and Ireland), J Heaslip (Leinster and Ireland).
Replacements: R Ford (Edinburgh and Scotland), A Sheridan (Sale Sharks and England), A-W Jones (Ospreys and Wales), M Williams (Cardiff Blues and Wales), H Ellis (Leicester and England), R O’Gara (Munster and Ireland), S Williams (Ospreys and Wales).


  • If everything goes according to plan we’ll have the series wrapped up this weekend!!! Whoop Whoop!! :mrgreen: 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.09 15:04:37 by wpw Reply
  • go Bokke. Tickets seems to be sold out for this match.

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  • ‘I Think Bakkies has a crush on me’ on Supersports site Mike Philips states the above coz Bakkies told him he has sexy blue eyes. Now thats funny coming from the enforcer :mrgreen:

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) : Bakkies seems to have a surprisingly sharp sense of humour!

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