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Lions name nine Welshmen in starting XV

Paul O’Connell will captain the side for the tour opener, with Sam Warburton ruled out due to a knee injury. Gatland has stated that Warburton’s absence from the opening game is purely precautionary.

Jamie Roberts is one of six former Lions in the squad; he is joined by Adam Jones, Mike Phillips, Paul O’Connell, Alun Wyn Jones and Jamie Heaslip, all of whom played in the opening game four years ago.

The match-day 23 features 17 players who are on their first Lions tour.

British Irish Lions v Barbarians

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
14 Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues/ Wales)
13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/ Wales)
12 Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/ Wales)
11 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors/ Scotland)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens/ England)
9 Mike Phillips (Bayonne/ Wales)
8 Toby Faletau (Dragons/ Wales)
7 Justin Tuperic (Ospreys/ Wales)
6 Dan Lydiate (Dragons/ Wales)
5 Paul O’Connell (Munster/ Ireland)
4 Richie Gray (Scotland)
3 Adam Jones (Ospreys/ Wales)
2 Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens/ England)

Replacements
16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers/England)
17 Cian Healy (Leinster/Ireland)
18 Matt Stevens (Saracens/England)
19 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/wales)
20 Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)
21 Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
22 Johnny Sexton (Leinster/Ireland)
23 George North (Scarlets/Wales)

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