Johnny Sexton comes in to start for the Lions in this Saturday’s game against the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium.

Sexton appeared from the bench in the first Test but has been named as the starting out-half for the second meeting of the sides, with Owen Farrell shifting over to inside centre to partner Jonathan Davies in midfield.

Tadhg Furlong and Sean O’Brien have also been named in the starting XV for the second Test in succession, with Jack McGrath named on the bench.

Speaking about the team selection, head coach Warren Gatland said:

“In terms of the backs we have gone with the Sexton-Farrell combination. Both have played well and it gives us that attacking option in the 10-12 channel. We created opportunities in the first Test and there were a few that we didn’t finish.

“There were lots of positives from the first Test but we were disappointed that we put ourselves in a position to put the All Blacks under pressure and to get back into the game and we let it slip.

“This is a big chance for these players to go out and show what they are capable of on Saturday night. For the players retained from the first Test it’s an opportunity for them to step up and to show an improvement because individually they were disappointed and you have another group coming in who are also desperate to seize their chance.”

British & Irish Lions

15. Liam Williams (Scarlets/Wales)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby/England)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/Wales)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens/England)
11. Elliot Daly (Wasps/England)
10. Johnny Sexton (Leinster/Ireland)
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens/England)
2. Jamie George (Saracens/England)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Ireland)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens/England)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
6. Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues/Wales) CAPTAIN
7. Sean O’Brien (Leinster/Ireland)
8. Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby/Wales)


16. Ken Owens (Scarlets/Wales)
17. Jack McGrath (Leinster/Ireland)
18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins/England)
19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints/England)
20. CJ Stander (Munster/Ireland)
21. Rhys Webb (Ospreys/Wale)
22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors/England)
23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs/England)

New Zealand

15. Israel Dagg
14. Waisake Naholo
13. Anton Lienert-Brown
12. Sonny Bill Williams
11. Rieko Ioane
10. Beauden Barrett
9. Aaron Smith
1. Joe Moody
2. Codie Taylor
3. Owen Franks
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Sam Whitelock
6. Jerome Kaino
7. Sam Cane
8. Kieran Read CAPTAIN


16. Nathan Harris
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Charlie Faumuina
19. Scott Barrett
20. Ardie Savea
21. TJ Perenara
22. Aaron Cruden
23. Ngani Laumape

Lions Fixtures & Results

13-7 win v NZ Provincial Barbarians, Toll Stadium, Whangarei (Saturday, 3rd June, KO 8.35am Irish/7.35pm New Zealand)

22-16 defeat v Auckland Blues, Eden Park, Auckland (Wednesday, 7th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

12-3 win v Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch (Saturday, 10th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

23-22 defeat v Highlanders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (Tuesday, 13th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

32-10 win v Maori All Blacks, Rotorua International Stadium (Saturday, 17th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

34-6 win v Chiefs, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton (Tuesday, 20th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

30-15 defeat v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (Saturday, 24th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

31-31 draw v Hurricanes, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Tuesday, 27th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

v All Blacks, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Saturday, 1st July, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (Saturday, 8th July, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)

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