Auckland - Centre Jared Payne has withdrawn from the British
and Irish Lions tour after suffering from migraines, team management said on
Payne was a late withdrawal from the Lions team that faced
the Wellington Hurricanes last week and was not expected to be part of the
squad for Saturday's Test series decider against the All Blacks, even without
He suffered a head knock when the Lions played the Chiefs
and passed concussion tests but continued to suffer from headaches.
"While the findings of Jared's tests have been normal
he still has migraine and will not be fit to train until his symptoms have
settled," Lions coach Warren Gatland said.
"The specialists are happy that the symptoms are not concussion
related and he is expected to recover fully. We wish him a speedy