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Alun Wyn Jones expects a number of personnel changes for third Lions test

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Alun Wyn Jones has predicted that British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will make a number of changes to his team for the third test.

The Lions could have sealed the series in the second test on Saturday, but the Springboks proved to be far too good for the tourists in the second half to set up a series decider this weekend.

Lions captain Jones was speaking at a press conference ahead of the final test this Saturday and admitted that he expects Gatland to make some personnel changes for the third game against South Africa.

Alun Wyn Jones on potential changes for third Lions test.

“Gats is notorious for making changes and we’ll go again. There’s been a lot said about wounded Springboks but the Lions have taken a dent today and we need to put that right,” Jones said.

“There was a lot of eye contact and you could feel the fact that everyone is well aware Gats will make changes and there will be opportunities for some.

“I could definitely feel that everyone wants to put it right. They are big weeks. People ask about comparisons to previous tours but you can’t compare them.

“They are different weeks and different opposition. It will be interesting to see what Gats does with the team. Definitely, it’s going to be a big week.”

Several players in danger of being dropped for third test.

A number of Lions players played well below their potential in the second test, and could have featured for the last time this tour in doing so.

The back three is perhaps the area where the most changes will be made, after the trio of Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson and Duhan van der Merwe came off second best in the aerial battle.

Welsh duo Liam Williams and Josh Adams will be expected to slot into the starting team, after both men’s impressive performances in the warm-up games on tour.

There may also be a number of changes made to the Lions game plan, as the tourists attempted to beat the Springboks at their own game on Saturday, in an encounter which put the emphasis on tactical kicking and set-piece play.

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