Ken Owens – Wales’ Hooker will captain the British and Irish Lions in their second game of their New Zealand tour against a Blues side featuring eight All Blacks in the starting XV.
Lions 2017 Squad
Welsh players, Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar at at half-back for the Lions team with England’s Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes featuring in the second row and Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne complete an all Irish midfield. The front row is made up of Jack McGrath, Dan Cole alongside Owens, and James Haskell, Justin Tipuric and CJ Stander make up the back row. The back three is made up of Elliot Daly, Jack Nowell and Leigh Halfpenny.
On the other side we see double World Cup winner, Sonny Bill Williams start for the Blues and Steven Luatua is also among the NZ internationals who form the line-up for the Super Rugby team in Auckland.
The Lions Tour so Far
The Lions got off to a good start in their first game on 3rd June against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei with a 13-7 victory.
“We have stated from the off that we want to give every player a start in the first three games and Wednesday is an opportunity for this set of players to show what they can do in a Lions jersey,” head coach Warren Gatland said.
“We are expecting a big crowd at Eden Park. It will be the first of three matches there for us and we know the atmosphere will be outstanding. We are hoping for some good weather and are expecting a tough, fast and open game of rugby.
“We created some good opportunities against the Barbarians but didn’t see them through and that is something we want to improve on.”
Gatland’s intention to give every player a start in one of the first three games will mean that Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Tadgh Furlong, George Kruis, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Jonathan Davies, George North and Liam Williams are all set to start against The Crusaders on Saturday 10th June in Christchurch.
2017 Lions tour schedule
10th June – Crusaders, Christchurch
13th June – Highlanders, Dundedin
17th June – Maori All Blacks, Rotura
20th June – Chiefs, Hamilton
24th June – All Blacks, Auckland
27th June – Hurricanes, Wellington
1st July – All Blacks, Wellington
8th July – All Blacks Auckland
Watch the Lions tour at the Palace Hotel Sydney