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Team for Saturdays 2nd test announced

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Jun 27, 2013

Gatland names his team for the 2nd test against Australia on Saturday. Five changes to the team include Tom Croft on the bench and Tommy Bowe in the starting lineup.

Bowe, who started all three Tests for the Lions in South Africa four years ago, has made a remarkable recovery from an injury that medics initially feared would rule him out of the rest of the tour. 

"Tommy is obviously a quality player and has made a fantastic recovery from injury," said head coach Warren Gatland. "The medics have done a brilliant job getting him fit and he has slotted in really well this week."

"This is a do-or-die match for Australia," Gatland added. "It is going to be a real battle out there and we have decided to add a bit more physicality to our side up front, and Dan [Cole] brings that. Then we have got the explosiveness coming off the bench with Tom Croft and Sean O'Brien."

"I don't know about not changing a winning side; it is about picking the best team to do the job for us," he added.

"We can win this series by winning on Saturday and that is what our whole focus needs to be. The last thing we want to do is think about it being 1-1 and having to play another game in Sydney. Everything for us is about Saturday night."

Lions team: 

Leigh Halfpenny
Tommy Bowe
Brian O'Driscoll
Jonathan Davies
George North
Jonathan Sexton
Ben Youngs
Mako Vunipola
Tom Youngs
Adam Jones
Alun Wyn Jones
Geoff Parling
Dan Lydiate
Sam Warburton (c)
Jamie Heaslip


Richard Hibbard
Ryan Grant
Dan Cole
Tom Croft
Sean O'Brien
Conor Murray
Owen Farrell
Alex Cuthbert

Australia team: 

Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels)
Israel Folau (NSW)
Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW)
Christian Leali'ifano (ACT Brumbies)
Joe Tomane (Brumbies)
James O'Connor (Melbourne Rebels)
Will Genia (Reds)
Benn Robinson (NSW)
Stephen Moore (ACT)
Ben Alexander (ACT)
James Horwill (Reds - capt)
Kane Douglas (NSW)
Ben Mowen (ACT)
Michael Hooper (NSW)
Wycliff Palu (NSW)


Saia Fainga'a (Reds)
James Slipper (Reds)
Sekope Kepu (NSW)
Rob Simmons (Reds)
Liam Gill (Reds)
 Nick Phipps (Rebels)
Rob Horne (NSW)
Jesse Mogg (Brumbies)

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