'Time for the midweek team to deliver' – Chiefs v Lions preview


Warren Gatland says there is still time for a late addition to his Test 23
Chiefs v British and Irish Lions
Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton Date: Tuesday, 20 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST
Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

On the surface, this is the game no-one wants to play in.

The bulk of those involved against the Chiefs will not feature in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

However, Lions head coach Warren Gatland insists there is still an opportunity for individuals to force their way into the reckoning.

And although the focus is on the All Blacks this weekend, a win in Hamilton would give the squad a significant lift before the main event.

Team news

As expected, all six of the controversial call-ups are among the replacements as Gatland looks to protect as many of the Test 23 as possible.

Elliot Daly and Liam Williams both start in the backline as they bid to sneak into the Test plans, with Daly well placed.

Tour captain Sam Warburton isn’t involved – which points to him facing the All Blacks – while Jonathan Joseph is another name conspicuous by its absence.

The Chiefs will be led by former Bath fly-half Stephen Donald – a World Cup winner with New Zealand in 2011. The news of Donald’s recent engagement