Scotland's Stuart Hogg to lead tourists in opener
British & Irons Lions start off in Johannesburg on Saturday
Scotland skipper Stuart Hogg will captain the British & Irish Lions in their opening tour match against the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Alun-Wyn Jones, who had been named as the tour captain, has been ruled out after dislocating his shoulder in last week's warm-up match against Japan.
Josh Adams is the only player who started that match to keep his place - fellow Wales winger Louis Rees Zammit starts on the other wing in a back three packed with pace.
Captain Hogg and centre Owen Farrell are the only players in the backline with Lions tour experience, and there's an all-Scottish half-back pairing of Ali Price and Finn Russell.
Opponents the Emirates Lions finished the recent Pro14 Rainbow Cup with just one win in five group games - by a single point against the Bulls - and also won just one out of six in last autumn's Super Rugby Unlocked campaign.
The British & Irish Lions are asked to concede a handicap in the mid-20s, and are narrow favourites to win the Test series against the Springboks, which starts on July 24.
British & Irish Lions team: S Hogg (Exeter, Scotland, capt); L Rees-Zammit (Gloucester, Wales), C Harris (Gloucester, Scotland), O Farrell (Saracens, England), J Adams (Cardiff, Wales); F Russell (Racing 92, Scotland), A Price (Glasgow, Scotland); W Jones (Scarlets, Wales), J George (Saracens, England), K Sinckler (Bristol, England), M Itoje (Saracens, England), J Hill (Exeter, England), C Lawes (Northampton, England), H Watson (Edinburgh, Scotland), T Faletau (Bath, Wales).
Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, England), M Vunipola (Saracens, England), Z Fagerson (Glasgow, Scotland), I Henderson (Ulster, Ireland), S Simmonds (Exeter, England), G Davies (Scarlets, Wales), B Aki (Connacht, Ireland), E Daly (Saracens, England).
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