LIONS INJURY UPDATE: All the latest news on British & Irish Lions players following Warren Gatland’s press conference today.
#1. Dan Biggar (Ankle sprain)
The walking wounded Wales fly-half, who has been nursing a minor knee problem the entire tour, was ruled out of the game against South Africa A with a ‘minor’ ankle sprain.
Lions boss Gatland provided more detail on the Biggar situation on Thursday after he named an entirely different starting XV from the side that took the field on Wednesday night, Marcus Smith getting chosen as the starting 10
“It’s not (a concern),” said Gatland about Biggar’s absence from the latest Lions matchday selection. “It’s one of those ones that if we give him a bit more time then he is going to be fully ready to go on Monday for training and it’s one of those ones where if he plays, it’s going to be okay but it is probably going to be sore afterwards. It’s kind of managing that situation.
“If it’s a Test match he would have fronted up and been ready to go but we want to make sure everyone gets a fuller opportunity and anyone who is carrying any niggles we freshen them up so he can have a full week of preparation in training.