Tuesday 22 August 2017

Warren Gatland sticks with Vunipola over McGrath as Lions name team for final All Blacks test

Jack McGrath (centre), flanked by Lions team-mates Liam Williams (left) and Taulupe Faletau (right).
Jack McGrath (centre), flanked by Lions team-mates Liam Williams (left) and Taulupe Faletau (right).
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Warren Gatland has named an unchanged 23-man squad for this Saturday's third Lions test against the All Blacks.

Gatland's selection for the decider is in stark contrast to four years ago when he famously made five changes ahead of the decisive test with the Wallabies, dropping Brian O'Driscoll out of the matchday squad.

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This time around he has kept faith with the same starting team and bench that pipped the All Blacks in Wellington last Saturday, with Mako Vunipola staying in the starting side despite an undisciplined showing last time out that saw him sin-binned in the second half.

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There had been speculation that Irish loosehead Jack McGrath might come in for the Saracens prop, but the Leinster star has to make do with a place on the bench.

Sam Warburton again captains the side from blindeside flanker, while Liam Williams has recovered sufficiently from a leg injury to take his place at fullback.

Lions

15. Liam Williams

14. Anthony Watson

13. Jonathan Davies

12. Owen Farrell

11. Elliot Daly

10. Jonathan Sexton

9. Conor Murray

1. Mako Vunipola

2. Jamie George

3. Tadhg Furlong

4. Maro Itoje

5. Alun Wyn Jones

6. Sam Warburton

7. Sean O'Brien

8. Taulupe Faletau

 

16. Ken Owens

17. Jack McGrath

18. Kyle Sinckler

19. Courtney Lawes

20. CJ Stander

21. Rhys Webb

22. Ben Te'o

23. Jack Nowell

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