O'Mahony to lead Lions in first Test - see the full line-up

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 24 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST
Coverage: Live text commentary on the On Events Sport website and app

Flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

Wales flanker Sam Warburton, appointed as tour captain by head coach Warren Gatland, has been named on the replacements' bench at Eden Park.

England fly-half Owen Farrell, fit again after a thigh injury, starts ahead of Ireland's Johnny Sexton.

The Lions play three Tests against the world champions.

Wales full-back Liam Williams and England wing Elliot Daly are surprise inclusions in the back three alongside Anthony Watson.

Experienced former Lions skipper Alun Wyn Jones, 31, is picked over England's Maro Itoje in the second row.

Hooker Jamie George, whose 17 caps for England have all come off the bench, will start ahead of Ireland's Rory Best and Wales' Ken Owens.

"We have picked a side based on form with a lot of players putting their hands up," said New Zealander Gatland.

Six Nations champions England provide seven players in the starting XV.

Gatland has picked four Wales players and four Irishmen, with no Scottish representation in the squad.

More to follow

Lions team to face New Zealand

Backs: Liam Williams (Wales); Anthony Watson (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Ben Te'o (England), Elliot Daly (England); Owen Farrell (England), Conor Murray (Ireland).

Forwards: Maka Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland); Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England); Peter O'Mahony (capt, Ireland), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Replacements: Ken Owens (Wales), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Kyle Sinckler (England), Maro Itoje (England), Sam Warburton (Wales), Rhys Webb (Wales), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales).



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