B&I Lions forced into late change to pack

The British & Irish Lions have been forced into one change to their starting lineup for the first Test against the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Lions confirmed to Planet Rugby on Saturday that loosehead prop Wyn Jones had been forced to pull out of the Test due to injury, just hours before kick-off.

As a result, Scotland prop Rory Sutherland, originally named on the bench, has been promoted to the starting lineup.

Experienced England and Saracens loosehead Mako Vunipola will take Sutherland’s place on the bench.

The news will have come as a blow to the Lions, especially as Jones had the better of Springbok tighthead prop Trevor Nyakane during their match against South Africa A last Wednesday.

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