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Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne and Jack Conan will all start for the Lions tomorrow, among 13 change...



Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne and Jack Conan will all start for the Lions tomorrow, among 13 changes to the side for tomorrow's repeat game against the Sharks in Pretoria.

Furlong and Conan come into the starting team having been second-half replacements for the 54-7 win on Wednesday, while Tadhg Beirne returns to the side after being withdrawn from contention one hour before kickoff.

Beirne was among eight of Wednesday's matchday 23 to have been pulled out of the squad, after multiple positive Covid-19 drew with them several close contacts.

However, Saturday's game against the Sharks looks set to go ahead with the Lions reporting a clean bill of health in their latest round of PCR tests.

Conor Murray will also be set to make his first appearance since being named tour captain if he comes off the subs bench tomorrow at Loftus Versfeld, while England's Jamie George will captain the team from hooker.

You can hear LIVE commentary of the Lions v The Sharks from 5pm on this Saturday's Off the Ball, available on Newstalk and the OTB Sports app.

CELL C SHARKS v THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
Saturday 10 July 2021
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 5pm (BST)

15. Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) #833
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822
12. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) #844
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #841
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) #821
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) #850
1. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #840
2. Jamie George – captain (Saracens, England) #819
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #818
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) #825
5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) #845
6. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) #847
8. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #839

Replacements:
16. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) #829
17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) #842
18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, England) #814
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) #826
20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) #849
21. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) #853
22. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #790
23. Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) #835

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