Lions boost as Farrell declared fit

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:42

INJURY UPDATE: British and Irish Lions backline star Owen Farrell has shaken off a thigh strain and will be available for the first Test against the All Blacks this weekend, coach Warren Gatland said.

Farrell suffered a quadricep strain at training on Thursday and sat out the Lions' win over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

But Gatland said his absence was precautionary and the Englishman was ready to play.

"Owen could have played on Saturday. Had it been a Test match he would have played," he told reporters.

"We just made a decision that it wasn't worth taking that risk. 

"It's a quad strain that was very high and not on his kicking leg. It's on his left leg. I've no doubt he will be 100 percent fit."

Farrell is regarded as a near-certain selection against the All Blacks at Eden Park, either at flyhalf or inside centre.

Agence France-Presse

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