British And Irish Lions Vs Sprinboks 3rd Test Preview
With the Series already lost the British and Irish Lions are fighting for pride as they prepare for the 3rd Test Against the world champion Springboks in Johanesberg. The game in Ellis Park will have a slightly different look to it with both teams making changes to their starting line ups. The British and Irish Lions have made eight changes mainly due to injuries with alot of the players feeling the effect of Saturdays bruising encounter in Pretoria from the prevous week. The Lions will be missing the highly impressive centres Brian O’Driscol and Jamie Roberts, Prop Adam Jones and Fellow welsh prop Gethin Jenkins.
The Lions will feature a new Centre combination in Irelands Tommy Bowe and Brive Bound England centre Ricki Flutey in the Midfield. Shane Williams and Martyn Williams also earn their first starts in the test series.
South Africa have made ten changes to their starting line up. As expected Bulls Fly Half Morne Steyn (who wears Nike vapor rugby boots) who broke Lions hearts last week with the late penalty to win the game starts at 10, as he tries to to establish himself ahead of Ruan Peinaar. Another new face to look out for is Jongi Nokwe (who wears Adidas Copa Mondial Rugby boots) who is possibly quicker than Brian Habanna and has already scored lots of tries for his country including four against the Wallabies last year.
B&I Lions: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Ugo Monye, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 John Hayes, 18 Alun-Wyn Jones, 19 David Wallace, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Harry Ellis, 22 James Hook.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Johann Muller, 3 John Smit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Guthro Steenkamp, 18 Dean Carstens, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Pierre Spies, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Frans Steyn.
Date: Saturday, July 4
Kick-off: 15:00 (14:00 BST)
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant referee: Christophe Berdos (France), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Television match official: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assessor: Tappe Henning
Timekeeper: Gabriel Pappa