TOUR captain Conor Murray will lead the Lions onto the field for the first time when they take on South Africa A in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.
Chris Harris shifts from inside-centre to his preferred outside-centre position as the only Scot in the starting XV, with Anthony Watson switching from right-wing to full-back and Dan Biggar at stand-off the other two players to retain their place in the team following Saturday’s hammering of the Cell C Sharks.
Meanwhile, Scottish tight-head Zander Fagerson will hope to make an impact from the bench. There is no Stuart Hogg, who has only made one appearance on the tour so far and has not featured since dropping off the bench a few hours before the tourists took on Cell C Sharks last Wednesday. Ali Price is also missing his second game on the bounce.
“We’re pleased to have arrived in Cape Town as we near the halfway stage of the Series,” said Lions head coach Warren Gatland.
“Wednesday’s game against South Africa ‘A’ will be our toughest encounter since we arrived here and we’re looking forward to it. We expect them to be physical in the contact area and look to test us at scrum time.”
“I think we’ve benefitted from playing at altitude in the first three games. While the boys have felt it in their lungs, they’ll be all the better for it now we’re at sea level.
“As we move towards the business end of the Tour, it’s pleasing to see so many players putting in some stand-out performances. As coaches we want the players to make Test selection as hard as possible and that’s we’re seeing.”
British & Irish Lions (v South Africa A at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday @ 7pm BST): A Watson; L Rees-Zammitt, C Harris, B Aki, J Adams; D Biggar, C Murray; W Jones, K Owens, K Sinckler, M Itoje, I Henderson, J Navidi, T Curry, T Faletau.
Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Z Fagerson, A Beard, T Beirne, S Simmonds, G Davies, E Daly.