INJURY UPDATE: Jared Payne ruled out, Welsh wizard a doubt

Ireland centre Jared Payne has been ruled out of the remainder of the British and Irish Lions tour amid an uncertain recovery period due to ongoing migraine symptoms.

The 31-year-old had been struggling with a calf problem for the majority of the Lions’ New Zealand tour – but is now suffering from constant migraines.



Payne was a late withdrawal before kick-off from the Lions’ 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes in Wellington last week, and has been unable to return to training since.

Meanwhile, Liam Williams is an injury concern after the full-back sat out the later stages of the Wednesday training session in Queenstown.


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The Lions are confident that the Welshman will pass a fitness test on Thursday after reporting tightness in his leg.

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