Best to lead Lions into Chiefs battle

Rory Best will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday.

The midweek side will be looking to bounce back from defeats to the Blues and Highlanders.

'We are five games into the tour and there's still a lot to play for,' said coach Warren Gatland. 'Those involved on Tuesday will be playing not only for themselves in terms of further selection but also for the whole squad.

'We are here to win a Test series and we have brought cover for the replacements bench so we can limit the number of players who need to double up, which is tough to do at this level of rugby.'

On the bench will be new call-ups Kristian Dacey, Allan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Finn Russell.

British & Irish Lions – 15 Liam Williams, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 James Haskell, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Alun Wyn Jones, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Tommy Seymour.

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Simon Borchardt