British & Irish Lions 2013

Lions call up another prop

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:49
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Scotland prop Ryan Grant has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad as cover for the injured Cian Healy who is set to return home.

Healy will return home on Sunday after a scan revealed significant ligament damage around his ankle following an injury picked up in the match against the Force on Wednesday.

In another front row blow Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins suffered tightness in his calf during the captain's run for the match against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday and has been replaced in the starting line-up by England's Mako Vunipola.

The Saracens prop takes over at loosehead, while Leicester Tigers' Dan Cole comes on to the replacements bench.

Head coach Warren Gatland said: "Firstly, our thoughts are with Cian. It has been a day of mixed emotions for him after being quite rightly being cleared of foul play but then the scan revealing the extent of the damage to his ankle. He has made a big contribution on and off the field in the last two weeks and we wish him well in his recovery.

"Gethin has trained all week but he felt some tightness in his calf today so it's right not to play him. We will assess him over the next 24-48 hours but Mako has done well in the last two games and this is another chance for him to step up.

"Given Cian's injury we have decided to bring Ryan in. He has played well in the Pro 12 this season and for Scotland in the Six Nations and we look forward to him and Alex Corbisiero arriving tomorrow," he added.

Revised British and Irish Lions team: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Tommy Bowe, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Dan Cole, 18 Alun Wyn Jones, 19 Paul O'Connell, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 George North.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.30 (10.30 UK & Ireland time, 09.30 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: TBC (New Zealand)
 

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