Limerick man Conor Murray could win his first Lions Test cap on Saturday, after being named on the bench for Saturday’s game against Australia in Melbourne.
Murray, who scored a try against the Melbourne Rebels during the week, is promoted to the Test sqaud of 23 in place of Wales’ Mike Phillips, who is dropped from the squad altogether. England’s Ben Youngs gets the nod to start, and will lineout alongside his brother Tom, who continues at hooker.
With Paul O’Connell out of the rest of the tour, Ireland’s representation on the starting team remains at four as the returning Tommy Bowe is picked on the wing ahead of Alex Cuthbert.
However, along with Murray, Sean O’Brien is also promoted to the bench as Dan Lydiate starts instead of Tom Croft in the backrow.
The Lions are 1-0 up in the series after last weekend’s thrilling 23-21 win over Australia in Brisbane. This Saturday’s game kicks off at 11.05am in the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and, as ever, is live on Sky Sports.
The team in full is: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Brian O’Driscoll, Jonathan Davies, Tommy Bowe; Jonathan Sexton, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones; Alan Wyn Jones, Geoff Parling; Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (captain), Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Ryan Grant, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Sean O’Brien, Conor Murray, Andy Farrell, Alex Cuthbert