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Sir Ian McGeechan leaves Curry and Hogg out of his Lions XV

SECOND-ROW:

4 Maro Itoje, 5 Iain Henderson

McGeechan said: “I think Henderson is coming through really well, he’s impressed me in his game involvement and he’s got the experience. Itoje is a big-match player, and again is skilful.”

BACL-ROW:

6 Tadhg Beirne, 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

McGeechan said: “In the back row, I think Tom Curry probably needs another start to really get involved, we haven’t really seen him come through yet.

“Hamish Watson has played consistently well, and Tadhg Beirne edges it at six for me. You need a big six because you have to get pressure on the set-piece, on the lineout.

“And I think we have more to see from Faletau, but with two new Test Lions in the back-row [Beirne, Watson], having an experienced player who has drawn and won a series before is important.”

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