Breaking news this morning, Cian Healy is to fly home from the Lions tour in Australia due to ankle ligament damage. Scotland and Glasgow prop Ryan Grant has been called up as a replacement. The Irish loosehead prop suffered the injury in Wednesday’s game against the Western Force as he fell awkwardly in the tackle.
Gethin Jenkins is struggling with a calf strain and will miss the game against the Reds this weekend – Mako Vunipola will start with Dan Cole on the bench (presumably Matt Stevens will be tasked with covering both sides of the scrum). It is a huge blow for Jenkins who has seen Vunipola come in and play extremely well in the opening two games, and who now faces a race against time to prove his fitness and form before the opening test. Alex Corbisiero is still in transit to Australia (somehow), but will now remain for the whole tour.