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Lions lose injured Owen Farrell for Maori match

Owen Farrell in action for the British and Irish Lions against the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on June 13, 2017 © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLE

Auckland, New Zealand, Jun 15 – British and Irish Lions fly-half Owen Farrell has suffered a thigh strain in training and been withdrawn from Saturday’s match against the Maori All Blacks, team management said Thursday.

A statement said it was said to be a “grade one quadriceps strain” but no mention was made of how this would affect his chances for next weekend’s first Test against the All Blacks.

The England playmaker had been named on the bench for the Maori game in Rotorua with Johnny Sexton to start in the number 10 jersey.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has now been added to the reserves.

Lions (15-1): Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon/WAL); Anthony Watson (Bath/ENG), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/WAL), Ben Te’o (Worcester/ENG), George North (Northampton/ENG); Johnny Sexton (Leinster/IRL), Conor Murray (Munster/IRL); Taulupe Faletau (Bath/WAL), Sean O’Brien (Leinster/IRL), Peter O’Mahony (capt – Munster/IRL); George Kruis, Saracens/ENG), Maro Itoje (Saracens/ENG); Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/IRL), Jamie George (Saracens/ENG), Mako Vunipola (Saracens/ENG)

Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets/WAL), Jack McGrath (Leinster/IRL), Kyle Sinckler(Harlequins/ENG), Iain Henderson (Ulster/IRL), Sam Warburton (Cardiff/WAL), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester/SCO), Dan Biggar (Ospreys/WAL), Elliot Daly (Wasps/ENG)

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