Munster's Conor Murray and Peter O'Mahony to start for Lions

Irish duo included in line-up to face Crusaders in third tour match

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Munster's Murray and O'Mahony to start for Lions

Munster's Conor Murray starts for the Lions against the Crusaders on Saturday

THE Munster duo of Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony have been included in the British and Irish Lions starting line-up to face the Crusaders in their third tour match this Saturday, 8.35am.

A third Munster player, number eight CJ Stander, has been listed among the replacements for the game against New Zealand’s top Super 15 side.

Murray, set to make his first appearance of the Tour after being named at scrum-half.

O’Mahony, who made his Lions debut off the bench in the loss to the Blues on Wednesday, is promoted to the number six jersey.

Two more Munster players, Sean O'Brien and Tadhg Furlong, will start for the Lions against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium.

The Christchurch-based side have won all 14 of their Super Rugby fixtures so far this season.

LIONS: Stuart Hogg, George North, Jonathan Davies, Ben Te'o, Liam Williams, Owen Farrell, Conor Murray, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Taulupe Faletau 

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Johnny Sexton, Anthony Watson 

CRUSADERS: Israel Dagg; Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock (capt), Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua

Replacements: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Quinten Strange, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Tim Bateman