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Shane Williams starts for British & Irish Lions


Shane Williams scored a try against Australia in his final match for Wales

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Article Published: Monday 17 June 2013


The British and Irish Lions have named their team to play the Brumbies with a shock call up and inclusion of former Wales winger Shane Williams.

Williams will fly in from Japan to bolster the injury-hit British and Irish Lions in their final tour game before next weekend's first Test against the Wallabies.

Williams, 36, a two-time Lions tourist and last year awarded an MBE for services to rugby, will join the squad from Japan where he is playing club rugby with Mitsubishi Dynaboars.

Williams played the last of his 87 Tests for Wales against Australia in 2011, scoring his 58th international try with his last touch of the game.

The former World Player of the Year's tour appearance will be a one-off. He will fly in on Monday, line up on the wing on Tuesday for the Lions and leave camp on Wednesday.

"He is in pretty good nick. He is already halfway here so it made it easier," head coach Warren Gatland said.

"We know he is fit and in training. I am sure he will come in and do the jersey proud."

Ireland’s Rory Best will captain the team in the last tour game before the 1st Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

England centre Billy Twelvetrees, who arrived in Sydney on Friday, will make his Lions debut alongside Brad Barritt, who joins the tour from America where he was on vacation.

Shane Williams will start on the left wing while young England wing Christian Wade, who made his Test debut last weekend against Argentina, will play on the right.

British and Irish Lions

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster/Ireland)
14. Christian Wade (London Wasps/England)
13. Brad Barritt (Saracens/England)
12. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby/England)
11. Shane Williams (Mitsubishi Dynaboars, Wales)
10. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers/England)
1. Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
2. Rory Best (Ulster/Ireland, capt)
3. Matt Stevens (Saracens/England)
4. Ian Evans (Ospreys/Wales)
5. Richie Gray (Scotalnd)
6. Sean O’Brien (Leinster/Ireland)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys/Wales)
8. Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Dragons/Wales)

Replacements

16. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales)
17. Alex Corbisiero (London Irish/England)
18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers/England)
19. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers/England)
20. Dan Lydiate (Dragons/Wales)
21. Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
22. Owen Farrell (Saracens/England)
23. Simon Zebo (Munster/Ireland)

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