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Gatland Continues To Tinker With His Lions XV For Highlanders Clash – Sam Warburton Returns As Captain

The relentless British and Irish Lions tour schedule continues as Warren Gatland names his squad to face the Highlanders on Tuesday, with Sam Warburton named as captain.

The Lions got their tour back on track against the Crusaders on Saturday with a confidence boosting 3-12 win in Christchurch that saw the home side kept tryless for the first time in two years.

Now, with the Highlanders clash looming, Lions boss Gatland continues to experiment with his squad ahead of the first All Blacks Test on June 24th.

Here is how the Lions will line out for the clash in Dunedin.

With Stuart Hogg and Jonathan Davies ruled out of contention following their respective head injuries against the Crusaders on Saturday, Gatland has turned to Jared Payne switching to full-back and Jonathan Joseph slotting into the centre.

The Super Rugby side has named three All Blacks in their starting XV as they bid to emulate the Blues’ win over the tourists in game two of the tour. For the Lions, they will be keen to keep the positive momentum going as they look to build up steam ahead of the highly anticipated All Blacks clash.

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