Lions make five changes

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British and Irish Lions boss Ian McGeechan has made five changes for Saturday's second Test against world champions South Africa in Pretoria.

Full-back Rob Kearney, wing Luke Fitzgerald, hooker Matthew Rees, prop Adam Jones and lock Simon Shaw all gain call-ups for a game the Lions must win to retain any chance of taking the three-Test series.



Kearney replaces Lee Byrne, who has been struggling with a foot injury, while Kearney's fellow Ireland Grand Slam winner Fitzgerald takes over from Ugo Monye.



Monye blew two gilt-edged try chances during a 26-21 first Test defeat in Durban last Saturday.



And McGeechan has responded to South Africa's scrummaging demolition job five days ago by changing two thirds of the front-row.



Ospreys tighthead Jones now has the task of coping with Springboks scrum destroyer Tendai "The Beast" Mtawarira, taking over from England World Cup winner Phil Vickery, with Rees packing down instead of Lee Mears alongside Jones and Gethin Jenkins.



It is the first time the Lions have started an official Test match with an all-Wales front-row since 1955.



The fifth change sees Wasps and England lock Simon Shaw preferred to Alun-Wyn Jones.



Shaw, 35, first toured with the Lions in South Africa 12 years ago, although Saturday will be his Test debut.



McGeechan's second Test line-up comprises seven Irishmen, six Welshmen and just two from England - Shaw and flanker Tom Croft.





British and Irish Lions team to play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday, 2pm BST:

R Kearney (Leinster and Ireland); T Bowe (Ospreys and Ireland), B O'Driscoll (Leinster and Ireland), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues and Wales), L Fitzgerald (Leinster and Ireland); S Jones (Scarlets and Wales), M Phillips (Ospreys and Wales); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues and Wales), M Rees (Scarlets and Wales), A Jones (Ospreys and Wales), S Shaw (Wasps and England), P O'Connell (Munster and Ireland, capt), T Croft (Leicester and England), D Wallace (Munster and Ireland), J Heaslip (Leinster and Ireland).



Replacements: R Ford (Edinburgh and Scotland), A Sheridan (Sale Sharks and England), A-W Jones (Ospreys and Wales), M Williams (Cardiff Blues and Wales), H Ellis (Leicester and England), R O'Gara (Munster and Ireland), S Williams (Ospreys and Wales).

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