British and Irish Lions: Captain Sam Warburton makes his first appearance

Last Updated: 08/06/13 8:10am

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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will make his long-awaited first appearance on the tour when he leads the side in Saturday's clash with the Reds.

A slight knee injury meant Warburton was forced to sit out the comprehensive wins over the Barbarians and the Western Force.

But having seen Justin Tipuric and Sean O'Brien shine in his absence, Warburton will now pull on the No 7 jersey for the first time.

Gethin Jenkins will also make his first appearance on the tour, however Ireland full-back Rob Kearney remains missing due to a hamstring injury.


Head coach Warren Gatland has retained Manu Tuilagi and Tommy Bowe from the starting XV that thumped the Western Force 69-17 last time out.

Tuilagi switches to his more favoured No 13 jersey, though, with Jonathan Davies starting at inside centre.

Stuart Hogg gets another chance to impress at full-back, while England duo Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs team up at half-back and Alex Cuthbert starts on the wing.

Youngs is joined in the side by his brother Tom, who makes his first start of the tour in alongside Matt Stevens and Jenkins, with Geoff Parling also promoted after a scoring cameo off the bench.

Parling partners O'Connell in the second row, with Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau joining Warburton in the back row.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Tommy Bowe, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Matt Stevens, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 8 Toby Faletau.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Paul O'Connell, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 George North

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