Lions team to play Sharks announced with Tom Curry set for debut after recovering from minor pec strain
TOM CURRY has been thrown in to make his Lions debut against the Sharks.
The England flanker has recovered from a minor pec strain to get his shot in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.
LIONS TEAM TO PLAY SHARKS
Backs: 15. Liam Williams, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies.
Forwards: 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Zander Ferguson, 4. Iain Henderson (c), 5. Adam Beard, 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Sam Simmonds.
Replacements: 16. Ken Owens, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Tadhg Furlong, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Stuart Hogg, 23. Chris Harris.
Lock Iain Henderson skippers the side with flanker Josh Navidi and second row Adam Beard also making their first starts for the tourists in the pack.
After thumping the Sigma Lions on Saturday night in their first match on tour, boss Warren Gatland said: “It’s a quick turnaround, but we’ll be ready to go by Wednesday night.
“I’m pleased we managed to come through the weekend’s game unscathed, and the boys have rested and recovered well.
"We feel like we’re slowly building, but, as ever, there’s still room for improvement in all facets of our game.
“Wednesday night is another chance for us to have a look at a few more combinations.
"I’m looking forward to seeing how the back row goes; it’s an exciting mixture and one that we hope will offer something a bit different.
“We expect another physical test against a side who are known for their power play and ambition.
“My congratulations to Tom, Josh and Adam ahead of their first starts in a Lions jersey.”
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Elliot Daly partners Bundee Aki in the centres and Liam Williams, Anthony Watson and Duhan van set Merwe make up the back three.
Fly half Dan Biggar is paired with Wales teammate Gareth Davies.
And in the front row England buddies Mako Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie pack down with Scotland tighthead Zander Fagerson.
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