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Late Change As Jared Payne Drops Out Of Matchday Squad With Headache

The Lions are about to kick off against the Hurricanes in Wellington but there has been a late change just prior to kick off. 

Lions management has confirmed that Jared Payne was complaining of headaches so they have decided to remove him from the matchday 23 and replace him with Welsh international, Leigh Halfpenny.

The Lions statement is as follows:

LEIGH HALFPENNY has replaced Jared Payne on the British & Irish Lions replacements’ bench for this evening’s match against the Hurricanes.

Payne has reported with a headache and been stood down as a precaution.

It remains to be seen how serious the headaches are but we will provide updates once they come in.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter