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Lions team to play South Africa: Third confirmed test changes

#3. Jack Nowell (England)

  • Position: Winger/Fullback
  • Age: 28
  • Caps: 44

A toe ligament injury has meant Nowell has been limited to a handful of minutes this year for Exeter, which left him too little time to make a statement to the selectors.

However, seeing Rob Baxter pick him ahead of Stuart Hogg for the Premiership final spoke volumes about the Scotsman’s form heading into the tour.

A reliable lieutenant for Gatland in 2017, Nowell’s versatility would have been very useful in a squad disrupted by Covid more than once.. 

He could have easily found himself in the test XV at fullback or on the wing due to his defensive capabilities and, crucially, his reliability under the high ball.

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