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Stuart Hogg named captain against DHL Stormers

The British and Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland has named Scotland worldwide Stuart Hogg as group captain forward of his facet’s sport in opposition to DHL Stormers.

After being named on the bench for the second tour sport, in opposition to the Sharks in Joburg, Hogg was pressured to self-isolate from the remainder of the squad after a Covid outbreak within the Lions camp.

Hogg (29) was the one participant to overlook out on their loss to South Africa A in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Spending seven days in isolation has made him miss three video games, which in return has made it troublesome for him to interrupt into the Test squad.

The Scottish captain was one of many gamers from the Lions camp who was contact-traced when COVID-19 unfold final week.

It was reported that that out of the 2 constructive exams within the camp, one of many outcomes was a false-positive, and all remaining squad gamers have been launched from isolation par, Hogg.

He is ready to return in opposition to the DHL Stormers on Saturday seventeenth of July, with kick-off at 5 pm BST (British Summer Time).

The sport, which might be proven stay and completely on Sky Sports. It is the ultimate Tour match previous to the beginning of three exams in opposition to World Champions, South Africa.

Warren Gatland Interview

In a current interview, Gatland expressed his reasoning for the modifications within the squad;

”It’s an vital sport because it’s the ultimate probability for the teaching group to see the gamers carry out previous to the beginning of the Test Series.

“For the matchday 23 it’s their final alternative to stake a declare for a Test place, so I anticipate to see a extremely motivated group of gamers.

“It is especially pleasing to have the ability to title Stuart Hogg within the squad. He’s not had a lot luck on Lions Tours so far, so it’ll be nice to see him cross the whitewash once more with the captain’s armband.

“I’m additionally delighted that Marcus will get his first begin in a Lions jersey. I’ve been actually impressed along with his angle since coming into camp this week; he’s been like a sponge for info.

“Obviously it’s a decent turnaround from Wednesday’s sport however we’re in fairly good condition. The South Africa ‘A’ sport was a bodily encounter – we at all times knew it will be – however we’ve come out of it just about intact and able to go once more. Liam Williams will start his return to play protocol following his HIA.

“We learnt rather a lot from Wednesday’s sport and I hope the defeat will serve us nicely. There’re nonetheless some areas of the sport we have to tighten up on, notably decreasing our turnover charge.

“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.”

Team News

DHL Stormers v The British and Irish Lions

15. Stuart Hogg – captain (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland)
14. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England)
12. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) 
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, England)
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) 
1. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland)
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) 
3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) 
4. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) 
5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) 
6. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) 
7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)
8. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) 

Replacements:

16. Jamie George (Saracens, England) 
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England)
18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) 
19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) 
20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) 
21. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales)
22. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) 
23. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales)

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