British and Irish Lions: Tommy Bowe and Manu Tuilagi fit for second Test
Last Updated: June 22, 2013 3:05pm
Bowe is ready to return after a broken hand
Lions Tommy Bowe and Manu Tuilagi have overcome injuries and are ready for action ahead of the second Test against Australia on June 29.
Ireland wing Bowe and England centre Tuilagi missed out on Saturday's remarkable 23-21 first Test victory in Brisbane with hand and shoulder problems respectively - but will be pushing for recalls in Melbourne.
Alex North scored the try of the match as the British & Irish Lions claimed victory in the first test against Australia.
Standing in Bowe's way to a starting role are giant Welshmen George North and Alex Cuthbert, who both scored fantastic tries at Suncorp Stadium to help Warren Gatland's side edge home.
Gatland said in his post-match press conference: "Tommy Bowe is fit and available, he trained today and did contact."
In the midweek clash, the Lions face the Melbourne Rebels and Gatland may use the game to put Tuilagi through his paces, adding of the Leicester star: "Manu will be available for Tuesday. Having firepower come back and more options is hopefully going to be good for the next two weeks."
By contrast, the Australia squad suffered a series of setbacks during a brutal first Test - Christian Leali'ifano, Berrick Barnes and Pat McCabe all carried off in neck braces.