Warren Gatland has named his team to play a Combined Country XV on Tuesday in Newcastle. Alex Corbisiero is set to make his first start, while fellow injury replacement Ryan Grant is named on the bench.
Stuart Hogg gets an outing at fly-half with Sean Maitland slotting in at fullback, while the side is captained by Brian O’Driscoll in the midfield. He links up with 2009 centre partner Jamie Roberts.
“The Reds game was always going to be a big challenge, and I was delighted at the victory and the way we were tested,” said Warren Gatland.
“It was a very physical match, as we knew it would be. We now move on to Newcastle and another challenge.
“This team to play Country includes three players – Richie Gray, Alex Cuthbert and Stuart Hogg – who are starting their second game in a row, plus another, George North, who came off the bench early against the Reds.
“This is the nature of Lions tours as we adapt to injuries and playing twice a week.”
“We are delighted to have kept our unbeaten record intact,” said Lions manager Andy Irvine.
“We were pushed all the way by an extremely skilful and committed Reds team that played some brilliant intuitive rugby.
“However, I was incredibly proud of the way we responded and how we defended right to the bitter end. The win will be a tremendous boost to our confidence for the forthcoming Test series.
“We are getting stronger each week, combinations are starting to take shape and we will be determined to head for Sydney next Saturday with another sound win.”
Lions: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Stuart Hogg, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sean O’Brien, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: 16 Rory Best, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Toby Faletau, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Jonathan Davies, 23 Leigh Halfpenny.