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Stuart Hogg leads Lions against Stormers, fit-again Alun Wyn Jones on bench

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Stuart Hogg. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Stuart Hogg. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named his team to play the Stormers at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Following a period of isolation in Johannesburg, fullback Stuart Hogg is named captain of a brand new starting XV from the one that went down 17-13 to South Africa 'A' on Wednesday evening.

New recruit, Marcus Smith, will make his Lions debut at flyhalf. Robbie Henshaw returns from a hamstring injury to take his place in the midfield alongside Elliot Daly, while Josh Adams also returns to the starting line-up following the birth of his daughter on Wednesday night.

Following his return to the squad, lock Alun Wyn Jones is also named amongst the replacements. Jones, the initial tour captain, has made a remarkable recovery after dislocating his shoulder in a warm-up match against Japan in Edinburgh on 26 June.

"It's an important game as it's the final chance for the coaching group to see the players perform prior to the start of the Test series," Gatland told the Lions' official website.

"For the match-day 23 it's their last opportunity to stake a claim for a Test place, so I expect to see a highly motivated group of players.

"It is particularly pleasing to be able to name Stuart Hogg in the squad. He's not had much luck on Lions tours to date, so it'll be great to see him cross the whitewash again with the captain's armband.

"I'm also delighted that Marcus will get his first start in a Lions jersey. I've been really impressed with his attitude since coming into camp this week; he’s been like a sponge for information.

"Obviously it's a tight turnaround from Wednesday's game but we're in pretty good shape. The South Africa 'A' game was a physical encounter - we always knew it would be - but we’ve come out of it pretty much intact and ready to go again. Liam Williams will begin his return to play protocol following his HIA.

"We learnt a lot from Wednesday's game and I hope the defeat will serve us well. There are still some areas of the game we need to tighten up on, particularly reducing our turnover rate.

"Time and again on this Tour we've had to adapt in the face of the challenges created by Covid-19. I couldn't be prouder of the staff and the players for the role each of them has played to get us to this point on the tour."

Saturday's match kicks off at 18:00.

Teams:

Stormers

15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Leon Lyons

Substitutes (from): 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Juan de Jongh, 24 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 25 Niel Otto, 26 Leolin Zas, 27 Cornel Smit

British & Irish Lions

15 Stuart Hogg (captain, Scotland), 14 Josh Adams (Wales) 13 Elliot Daly (England), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), 10 Marcus Smith (England), 9 Ali Price (Scotland), 8 Jack Conan (Ireland), 7 Hamish Watson (Scotland), Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), 5 Jonny Hill (England), 4 Adam Beard (Wales), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), 1 Rory Sutherland (Scotland)

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George (England), 17 Mako Vunipola (England), 18 Zander Fagerson (Scotland), 19 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), 20 Sam Simmonds (England), 21 Gareth Davies (Wales), 22 Chris Harris (Scotland), 23 Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)

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