Lions team to face Melbourne Rebels

lionsGeoff Parling has been named captain of a strong-looking British and Irish Lions side to take on the Melbourne Rebels on Tuesday. Most of the substitutes from Saturday’s first test feature, and Manu Tuilagi is back fit and named in the centre alongside Brad Barritt.

British and Irish Lions team v Melobourne Rebels
15. Rob Kearney (Leinster / Ireland)
14. Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors / Scotland)
13. Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers / England)
12. Brad Barritt (Saracens / England)
11. Simon Zebo (Munster / Ireland)
10. Owen Farrell (Saracens / England)
9. Conor Murray (Munster / Ireland)
1. Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors / Scotland)
2. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys / Wales)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers / England)
4. Richie Gray (Scotland)
5. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers / England, captain)
6. Dan Lydiate (Dragons / Wales)
7. Sean O’Brien (Leinster / Ireland)
8. Toby Faletau (Dragons / Wales)

16. Rory Best (Ulster / Ireland)
17. Makovina Vunipola (Saracens / England)
18. Matt Stevens (Saracens / England)
19. Ian Evans (Ospreys / Wales)
20. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys / Wales)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers / England)
22. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester / England)
23. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors / Scotland)

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20 comments on “Lions team to face Melbourne Rebels

  1. It’s an interesting bench as far as back line goes. Youngs for Murray obviously, but 36 and Hogg? One would assume 36 is fly half/centre cover, and Hogg is back three cover, but that would mean either Farrell or Tuilagi will play the whole match? Unless he is planning to play Kearney for the full 80 and Hogg covers fly half and 36 comes on for Tuilagi.
    He definitely needs to sub Farrell at some point to keep him fresh for Saturday. And unless he has no intention of playing Tuilagi on Saturday, he will need a rest as well. Could be very interesting come subs time tomorrow!?

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