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Lions team unveiled to face Hurricanes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

Warren Gatland the head coach of the Lions looks on. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Warren Gatland the head coach of the Lions looks on. Warren Gatland has challenged his British and Irish Lions midweek team to force the selectors' hands ahead of the second Test after naming a familiar-looking starting XV to face the Hurricanes.

Coach Gatland unveiled a team little changed from that which overwhelmed the Chiefs 34-6 this week.

The side for Tuesday's match in Wellington features an identical starting pack and inside back combination.

The only changes were forced by the promotion of fullback Liam Williams and winger Elliot Daly from the midweek group to the Test side beaten 30-15 by the All Blacks at Eden Park.

That pair aren't included in a reshuffled outside division to face the Hurricanes while centre Jared Payne drops to the reserves bench.

Jack Nowell of the Lions. © David Rogers/Getty Images Jack Nowell of the Lions. English winger Jack Nowell, who impressed on the wing against the Chiefs, starts at fullback while Tommy Seymour and George North are on the wings, and Jonathan Joseph is the new centre.

Veteran Irish hooker Rory Best is retained as captain and will lead a team with plenty to play for, Gatland said.

"We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result last night but it is important to regroup. We know there are a lot of players motivated to go out and get a result for the whole group," he said.

Rory Best of the Lions. © David Rogers/Getty Images Rory Best of the Lions. "A few players put their hands up for selection from the Chiefs game and played their way into the Test team so they know that there is another opportunity for them on Tuesday against the Super Rugby champions."

It is the final midweek match of the tour.

The "Tuesday team" suffered narrow losses to the Blues and Highlanders before the emphatic performance in Hamilton.

British and Irish Lions: Jack Nowell, Tommy Seymour, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, George North, Dan Biggar, Greig Laidlaw, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, James Haskell, Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson, Dan Cole, Rory Best (capt), Joe Marler. Reserves: Kristian Dacey, Allan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, George Kruis, Gareth Davies, Finn Russell, Jared Payne.

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