Vunipola, Murray, Harris starting for Lions in 2nd test

By Associated Press 27 July 2021, 12:00AM

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Mako Vunipola, Conor Murray and Chris Harris are in the starting lineup amid three changes made by the British and Irish Lions for the second test against the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.

England loosehead prop Mako Vunipola impressed off the bench in the 22-17 first test win and comes in ahead of Rory Sutherland in the only change to the forwards.

Ireland scrumhalf Murray is a straight swap with Ali Price, who drops to the bench, and Scotland center Chris Harris comes into the test side for the first time, in place of Elliot Daly.

Dan Biggar, who was replaced late in the first test due to concussion, has completed his return-to-play protocol and assessment by an independent concussion consultant, and takes his place at flyhalf.

The only other player included in the matchday squad who was not part of the first test is Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau after he replaced Scotland flanker Hamish Watson.

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British and Irish Lions: Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe, Dan Biggar, Conor Murray; Jack Conan, Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Maro Itoje, Tadhg Furlong, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola. Reserves: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Taulupe Faletau, Ali Price, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.

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By Associated Press 27 July 2021, 12:00AM

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