British and Irish Lions: Sam Warburton to captain tourists in opener


Scottish trio Tommy Seymour (left), Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg will all start for the Lions against the Barbarians

Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their opening match against the Provincial Barbarians on 3 June.

The flanker will play his first game since suffering a knee injury in April, lining up in an all-Welsh back-row.

The Scottish trio of Greig Laidlaw, Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg all start, as does Kyle Sinckler, who has yet to start a Test for England.

Anyone involved in club finals or play-offs last weekend was not considered.

Lions squad to play Barbarians:

Team: Hogg; Watson, Joseph, Te’o, Seymour, Sexton, Laidlaw; Marler, Best, Sinckler, Wyn Jones, Henderson, Moriarty, Warburton, Faletau.

Replacements: George, Vunipola, Furlong, Kruis, Tipuric, Webb, Farrell, Payne.

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