British and Irish Lions v Japan: Justin Tipuric replaces Hamish Watson in line-up

Tipuric’s solely check cap for the Lions got here as a substitute within the essential third check in opposition to Australia in 2013

Welsh cross striker Justin Tipuric joined the British and Irish Lions on Saturday to play in opposition to Japan after Scotsman Hamish Watson was disfellowshipped on the coaching floor by a concussion.

Tipuric, 31, joins the crew from exterior the unique 23-man squad.

Watson, who made his first look for the Lions, is launched again to play after a collection of medical checks.

The Scot was named as the Six Nations Participant of the Match 2021.

Tipuric was chosen for his third Lions journey after being a part of the 2013 squad that defeated Australia and drew New Zealand in 2017.

The Welshman is the plain candidate for Englishman Tom Curry, the opposite specialist open flank participant who solely joined the squad afterwards Sale’s Premiership semi-final loss to Exeter on Saturday.

Sam Simmonds, an alternative choice within the again row, remains to be getting ready for the finale.

British and Irish Lions: Williams; Adams, Henshaw, Aki, Van der Merwe; Biggar, Murray; Sutherland, Owens, Fagerson, Henderson, AW Jones (c), Beirne, Tipuric, Conan

Substitutes: George, W Jones, Furlong, Lawes, Faletau, Worth, Farrell, A Watson.

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