O’Driscoll leads Lions against Combined Country

The British & Irish Lions have named their team to play the Combined Country
at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday with Brian O’Driscoll resuming the

The fourth match of the tour will see 2009 centre pairing Brian O’Driscoll
and Jamie Roberts re-united. They played four times during the tour to South
Africa including the 1st and 2nd Tests.

O’Driscoll will captain the Lions for the second time on tour, while
replacement props Alex Corbisiero and Ryan Grant will make their first Lions
appearances after joining the squad on Saturday.

British & Irish Lions Tour Manager Andy Irvine said: “We are delighted
to have kept our unbeaten record intact. We were pushed all the way by an extremely
skillful and committed Reds team that played some brilliant intuitive rugby.”

“However, I was incredibly proud of the way we responded and how we defended
right to the bitter end. The win will be a tremendous boost to our confidence
for the forthcoming Test series.

“There is no doubt that the Combined Country players match will regard
the game as their cup final. But we are getting stronger each week, combinations
are starting to take shape and we will be determined to head for Sydney with
another sound win.”

Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “The Reds game was always going to be
a big challenge and I was delighted at the victory and the way we were tested.
It was a very physical match as we knew it would be. We now move on to Newcastle
and another challenge.

“This team to play Country includes three players – Richie Gray, Alex
Cuthbert and Stuart Hogg – who are starting their second game in a row plus
another George North who came off the bench early against the Reds. This is
the nature of Lions tours as we adapt to injuries and playing twice a week.”

British &Irish Lions

15. Sean Maitland (Galsgow Warriors/Scotland)
14. Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster/Ireland) Captain
12. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
11. George North (Scarlets/Wales)
10. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
9. Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
1. Alex Corbisiero (London Irish/England)
2. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers/England)
4. Richie Gray (Scotland)
5. Ian Evans (Ospreys/Wales)
6. Sean O’Brien (Leinster/Ireland)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys/Wales)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)


16. Rory Best (Ulster/Ireland)
17. Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
18. Matt Stevens (Saracens/England)
19. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
20. Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Dragons/Wales)
21. Mike Phillips (Bayonne/Wales)
22. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/Wales)
23. Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues/Wales)

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