British and Irish Lions vs South Africa LIVE: Latest updates from 1st Test


This is what Lions head coach Warren Gatland had to say in his pre-match press conference.

“In my four Tours as a Lions coach, this was by far the hardest Test selection I have been involved in.

“We couldn’t have asked for more from the players so far; they’ve all put their hands up and made picking a starting XV incredibly difficult.

“In truth, we would have been happy with any number of different combinations across the 23, however, we’re very pleased with the side we’ve settled on.

“We know what we’re coming up against on Saturday. 

“It’s going to be an arm wrestle, there’s no doubt about it. 

“We’ll need to front up physically and be ready to go from the first whistle.”

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