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Cardiff duo recalled into Lions line-up

International | 12th July 2021

Cardiff Rugby's Josh Adams and Josh Navidi have been recalled into the British and Irish Lions' starting line-up as Warren Gatland's side continue preparations ahead of the three-game series against South Africa.

The tour moves to Cape Town this week as the Lions, led by skipper Conor Murray, take on South Africa A on Wednesday (KO 7.00pm BST).

Adams, who has eight tries in three appearances on tour to date, returns to the wing to form a back three alongside Louis Rees-Zammit and Anthony Watson.

Navidi, who was a late call-up to the touring party, made his debut against C Cell Sharks last week and has earned his place on the blindside for the Cape Town Stadium clash. He is joined in the back row by Sale Sharks' Tom Curry and Wales team-mate Taulupe Faletau.

Elsewhere, Dan Biggar and Chris Harris join Watson as the only players to retain their starting spots following Saturday's second victory over Sharks, with a total of 12 changes made by head coach Gatland.

Following Wednesday's encounter, Lions will take on Stormers in their final warm up before a three-game series against World Champions, Springboks. 

“We’re pleased to have arrived in Cape Town as we near the halfway stage of the Series,” said Gatland.

“Wednesday’s game against South Africa ‘A’ will be our toughest encounter since we arrived here and we’re looking forward to it. We expect them to be physical in the contact area and look to test us at scrum time.”

“I think we’ve benefitted from playing at altitude in the first three games. While the boys have felt it in their lungs, they’ll be all the better for it now we’re at sea level.

“As we move towards the business end of the Tour, it’s pleasing to see so many players putting in some stand-out performances. As coaches we want the players to make Test selection as hard as possible and that’s we’re seeing.”


15. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816

14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales) #846

13. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) #844

12. Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) #837

11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales) #836

10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) #821

9. Conor Murray – captain (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #790

1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) #842

2. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) #829

3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, England) #814

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) #825

5. Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland) #808

6. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby, Wales) #854

7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) #853

8 .Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales) #779


16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) #851

17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) #787

18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) #848

19. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) #852

20. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838

21. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) #849

22. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) #850

23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Kick-off: 7pm (BST)