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Lions Test debuts for English duo

BBC Sport 02.07.2009 18:27
Flutey played for Wellington against the Lions in 2005

Flutey played for Wellington against the Lions in 2005


Riki Flutey and Joe Worsley will start against South Africa on Saturday as the injury-hit British and Irish Lions make a host of changes for the third Test.



With Jamie Roberts and Brian O'Driscoll ruled out, Flutey forms a centre partnership with Ireland's Tommy Bowe - who moves in from the wing.

Ugo Monye and Shane Williams start out wide, while Andrew Sheridan and Phil Vickery are named in the front row.

Worsley and Martyn Williams are both named in a new-look back-row.

In total there are eight changes, including one positional, from the side that suffered a decisive loss in the second Test last weekend.

Four players were ruled out for the rest of the tour following the ferocious contest in Pretoria, props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones as well as O'Driscoll and Roberts, forcing head coach Ian McGeechan to make changes.

"This is a new Test match in many respects because the players out there will want to respond very positively and if we play well enough to win it will be a very sweet victory," said McGeechan.

"We gave the players a break this week but we are back to it now and we are keen to finish off with a win.

"We could be sitting here with two wins under our belt. We had two fantastic games of rugby and I hope it will be the same again."


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