British Lions

Question mark over SBW for Blues-Lions clash

2017-06-05 06:45
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Wellington - The Blues placed a question mark over Sonny Bill Williams as they named their side to play the British and Irish Lions on Wednesday. 

The double Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks centre has been battling a knee injury and did not play in the Blues' Super Rugby win over the Reds in Apia in Friday. 

Although he trained with the side on Monday, he was bracketed at inside centre with TJ Faiane when the side was named to play the Lions. 

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina, who has been sidelined with illness, returns for the Lions clash as do George Moala and Augustine Pulu who missed the Reds match.

Other players with All Blacks experience named in the side include Steven Luatua, Rieko Ioane, James Parsons and Ofa Tu'ungafasi. 

Jerome Kaino, who is still recovering from knee surgery, is missing but remains in the frame to be fit for the first Test on June 24.

Teams:

Blues

15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams/TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi

Substitutes: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Ihaia West, 23 TJ Faiane/Melani Nanai

British and Irish Lions

15  Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), 14 Jack Nowell (England), 13 Jared Payne (Ireland), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Elliot Daly (England), 10 Dan Biggar (Wales), 9 Rhys Webb (Wales), 8 CJ Stander (Ireland), 7 Justin Tipuric (Wales), 6 James Haskell (England), 5 Courtney Lawes (England), 4 Maro Itoje (England), 3 Dan Cole (England), 2 Ken Owens (captain, Wales), 1 Jack McGrath (Ireland)

Substitutes: 16 Rory Best (Ireland), 17 Joe Marler (England), 18 Kyle Sinckler (England), 19 Iain Henderson (Ireland), 20 Peter O'Mahony (Ireland), 21 Greig Laidlaw (Scotland), 22 Johnny Sexton (Ireland), 23 Liam Williams (Wales)

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