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Owens leads all-new Lions side to face Blues in Auckland

Wales pair make up half-back combination

Sonny Bill Williams is out to prove his fitness for the Blues
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As promised, British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named an all-new starting 15 for Wednesday's second tour match against the Auckland Blues.

Wales hooker Ken Owens captains the side, which also includes Welsh half-back pairing Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar.

The Lions failed to fire in their opening game against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, winning 13-7 having been chalked up as 35-point favourites, and give up six points on the handicap against the Blues.

Blues coach Tana Umaga has had to shuffle his side following their Super Rugby victory over the Queensland Reds on Friday, a match that was played in Samoa.

Stephen Perofeta, who came off the bench to make his first appearance for the Blues in that game, starts at fly-half as regular Piers Francis has joined up with the England squad.

It's a huge test for the talented 20-year-old but he has plenty of experience around him with eight capped All Blacks in the squad.

Centre Sonny Bill Williams has been named at inside centre but is an injury doubt and will be replaced by TJ Faiane if he fails to prove his fitness.

TEAMS
Blues: Michael Collins; Matt Duffie, George Moala, Sonny Bill Williams/TJ Faiane, Rieko Ioane; Stephen Perofeta, Augustine Pulu; Ofa Tu’ungafasi, James Parsons, Charlie Faumuina, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Scott Scrafton, Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson, Steven Luatua. Replacements: Hame Faiva, Alex Hodgman, Sione Mafileo, Patrick Tuipulotu, Kara Pryor, Sam Nock, Ihaia West, TJ Faiane/Melani Nanai.

Lions: Leigh Halfpenny, Jack Nowell, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Elliot Daly; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Jack McGrath, Ken Owens, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rory Best, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Iain Henderson, Peter O'Mahony, Greig Laidlaw, Jonathan Sexton, Liam Williams.

The Lions failed to fire in their opening game against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and give up six points on the handicap against the Blues
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