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Chris Harris starts for the British and Irish Lions against Cell C Sharks

Warren Gatland has picked Gloucester Rugby’s Chris Harris to start at inside centre for the British and Irish Lions in their match against Cell C Sharks this Saturday (kick off 5pm BST).

The game against the Durban-based Sharks replaces the scheduled Tour match against the Bulls due to a covid outbreak and is the third in an eight-game Series culminating in the three Tests against World Champions, South Africa.

This is the second time the Lions will have played the Sharks in the Castle Lager Lions Series, having already beaten them 7-54 on Wednesday night at Emirates Airline Park where Louis Rees-Zammit used his pace to score a try from 60m out. 

“It’s obviously been a slightly turbulent week, but we remain determined to keep rolling with the punches,” said Gatland.

“In many ways, the challenges we’ve faced this week have strengthened our resolve to do everything we can to overcome the challenges created by covid.

“The feeling in the camp on Wednesday night was just to give it a crack – I was really proud by how everyone reacted, particularly the match day squad who would have never prepared for a game like that before.   

“Saturday is another opportunity to see how the boys go and for us as coaches to try out a few more combinations ahead of the Test series."

CELL C SHARKS v THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

Saturday 10 July 2021

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Kick-off: 5pm (BST)

 

15. Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) #833

14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816

13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822

12. Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) #844

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #841

10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) #821

9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) #850

1. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland) #840

2. Jamie George – captain (Saracens, England) #819

3. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #818 

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) #825

5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) #845

6. Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #838

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) #847

8. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) #839

 

Replacements:

16. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) #829

17. Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) #842

18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, England) #814

19. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) #826   

20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) #849 

21. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) #853

22. Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) #790

23. Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) #835

 

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