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Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Best leads midweek side to take on Hurricanes

Lions five-point favourites in Wellington

All Black Julian Savea lines up on the wing for the Hurricanes
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Hurricanes v Lions
Sky Sports 1, 8.35am Tuesday

Ireland hooker Rory Best will lead the British & Irish Lions when they face the Hurricanes in their final midweek match on Tuesday.

None of the starting line-up were involved in Saturday's Test - lock George Kruis played the full 80 minutes and is on the bench but six of the eight replacements are players drafted in last week.

Opponents the Hurricanes are Super Rugby's top scorers with 565 points and 85 tries in 14 matches and they are boosted by the inclusion of Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea and Ngani Laumape, who have all been released by the All Blacks for this match.

Brad Shields will lead the side in the absence of injured hooker Dane Coles and scrum-half TJ Perenara, who came off the bench for the All Blacks on Saturday. Nehe Milner Skudder, who is returning from a long injury layoff but played for the Maori All Blacks against the Lions, also lines up on the wing.

The Lions are five-point favourites for the encounter in Wellington.

Lions team: Jack Nowell; Tommy Seymour, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, George North; Dan Biggar, Greig Laidlaw; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Dan Cole, Iain Henderson, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander. Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Alan Dell, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, George Kruis, Gareth Davies, Finn Russell, Jared Payne

Opponents the Hurricanes are Super Rugby's top scorers with 565 points and 85 tries in 14 matches
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