Brumbies v British and Irish Lion - Tour match preview

Last Updated: 18/06/13 10:00am

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Brad Barritt has been a late call-up to the Lions' squad

Brad Barritt has been a late call-up to the Lions' squad

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Brad Barritt has shrugged off concerns over jet lag ahead of his British & Irish Lions debut against the Brumbies on Tuesday.

The Saracens and England centre has been called in to Warren Gatland's squad alongside Billy Twelvetrees, Christian Wade and Shane Williams as cover amid a host of injuries to the three-quarters.

Despite recently flying in and only training with the tourists for the first time on Monday, Barritt is confident he and the rest of the reinforcements will be able to handle the time difference and the mindset change.

The 26-year-old said: "For all three of us, when there is something like this your body can just run on adrenalin.

"The sheer weight of what this game means to each and all of us is enough to give you motivation for a decade.


"The mind is stronger than the body, and if you want to be there and you want to go out there and do a little bit for the side and not let the team down, you can achieve that.

"When Andy Farrell (Lions assistant coach) phoned me in the States, he did indicate I would be starting (on Tuesday), so I just needed to get my head around that and be prepared. On the flight, I knew it was about getting my body-clock up to speed."

A further concern for Barritt would be his lack of match action since sustaining an ankle injury during the Heineken Cup semi-final defeat against Toulon seven weeks ago, but he added: "I always knew I needed to keep fit just on the off-chance that something did happen.

"Credit to the guys at Saracens, they stayed with me all the way up to June 5 and helped me do my rugby rehabilitation and got everything right.

"It has only been the last two weeks that I've been on vacation, and I've tried to do a few little things when I could."

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Peter Kimlin (c), 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Leon Power, 3 Scott Sio, 2 Siliva Siliva, 1 Ruan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Chris Cocca, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Mark Swanepoel, 22 Robbie Coleman, 23 Zack Holmes.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Brad Barritt, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stuart Hogg, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sean O'Brien, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Ian Evans, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Simon Zebo.

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