Coach Warren Gatland’s squad only arrived in
The Lions’ preparation had been hamstrung by European club commitments, with players filtering into training camps after those had been completed.
“The advantage of the team we have selected is that the players were together in the first week in
“Then we had another group come in (from)
Tour captain Sam Warburton, who has recovered from a knee injury, will lead the side against the Barbarians, who are mostly composed of players from
Gatland also included
“There is some real experience there with Rory Best, Alun Wyn Jones and Johnny Sexton, and Sam as captain,” Gatland added.
“So there is a big responsibility on the lot of the experienced players to go out there and start well and get us off to a winning start.”
New Zealand-born rugby league convert Ben Te’o has also been named to start in the centres with
All three Scottish players in the squad – fullback Stuart Hogg, wing Tommy Seymour and scrumhalf Laidlaw – have been named to start the match that kicks off at 9.35am SA time on Saturday.
British and Irish Lions Team
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Rory Best, 1 Joe Marler.
Bench: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 George Kruis, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Jared Payne.
Forwards: Aiden Ross, Tolu Fahamokioa, Sam Anderson-Heather, Epalahame Faiva, Marcel Renata, Quinten Strange, Joshua Goodhue, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Mitchell Brown, Matthew Matich, Peter Rowe.
Backs: Jonathan Taumateine, Jack Stratton, Bryn Gatland, Jonathan Fa’auli, Jonah Lowe, Sevuloni Reece, Luteru Laulala, Junior Ngaluafe.