South Africa vs British and Irish Lions: Who will impress as Warren Gatland’s men attempt to win series?


1:27 Sky Sports News’ Sarra Elgan reports that South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has criticised the refereeing in the first Test during a one-hour video

The front-row battle

After coming off the bench to great effect last Saturday, Vunipola comes in for Rory Sutherland in the front-row.

The England international held his own at scrum time in the first Test and that battle will be vital once again in determining which side comes out on top.

The Saracens loosehead was part of an English pack that were dominated by South Africa in the 2019 World Cup final.

Alongside Luke Cowan-Dickie and Tadhg Furlong, Vunipola will be aiming for a measure of retribution against a fired-up Springboks pack.

South Africa: 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 (c), 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.

British and Irish 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 (c), 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.

Every match from the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will be exclusively live on Sky Sports; fans who don’t have Sky will be able to catch all the action via streaming service NOW TV, which offers day and month passes.


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