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Biggar to start Lions’ second Tour match in Johannesburg

Northampton Saints fly-half Dan Biggar is set to start the British & Irish Lions’ second Tour fixture against the Cell C Sharks on Wednesday evening.

The 31-year-old will wear the Lions No.10 jersey in South Africa for the first time, after starring in the tourists’ warm-up fixture against Japan at BT Murrayfield with a man-of-the-match performance.

Biggar was rested for the Lions’ 56-14 victory over the Sigma Lions on Saturday afternoon, but Saints lock Courtney Lawes caught the eye in the win.

The game against the Cell C Sharks, which kicks off at 6pm (BST) and will be shown live on Sky Sports, is the second of eight Tour matches which culminates with three Tests against World Champions, the Springboks. 

“It’s a quick turnaround from Saturday, but we’ll be ready to go by Wednesday night,” said Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland.  

“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. We expect another physical test against a side who are known for their power play and ambition.”

CELL C SHARKS v THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
Wednesday 7 July 2021 
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 6pm (BST) 

15. Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) #833
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822
12. Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) #837 
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #841
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) #821 
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) #850

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) #787
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) #851
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) #848
4. Iain Henderson – Captain (Ulster Rugby, Ireland) #808
5. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales)
6. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England)  
8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) #849  

Replacements:
16. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) #829 
17. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #840
18. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #818  
19. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838
20. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #839 
21. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #790
22. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) #783
23. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) #844

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