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Cole makes first tour start with Lions

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Dan Cole will make his first appearance of his second tour with the British & Irish Lions against the Blues on Wednesday.

Leicester Tigers tighthead prop Cole sat out the opening game on Saturday as the Lions launched their tour with a 13-7 win over New Zealand Provincial Barbarians but comes into the starting line-up for this week.

Wales hooker Ken Owens captains the side and is one of 11 players making their British & Irish Lions debut at Eden Park after head coach Warren Gatland made 15 changes to the side that kicked off the tour on Saturday.
Gatland said: "We have stated from the off that we want to give every player a start in the first three games and Wednesday is an opportunity for this set of players to show what they can do in a Lions jersey.

"It was good to get the win under our belts last weekend.  The boys in the stand were itching to get their chance and they are really excited about Wednesday.”
British & Irish Lions (v the Blues, Wednesday June 7, KO 7.35pm NZ, 8.35am UK)

15 Leigh Halfpenny – Toulon, Wales,
14 Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England
13 Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland
12 Robbie Henshaw – Leinster, Ireland
11 Elliot Daly – Wasps, England
10 Dan Biggar – Ospreys, Wales
9 Rhys Webb – Ospreys, Wales,
1 Jack McGrath – Leinster, Ireland
2 Ken Owens (c) – Scarlets, Wales
3 Dan Cole Leicester Tigers, England
4 Maro Itoje – Saracens, England
5 Courtney Lawes – Northampton Saints, England
6 James Haskell – Wasps, England
7 Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales
8 CJ Stander – Munster, Ireland
16 Rory Best – Ulster, Ireland
17 Joe Marler – Harlequins, England
18 Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England
19 Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland
20 Peter O'Mahony – Munster, Ireland
21 Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester, Scotland
22 Johnny Sexton – Leinster, Ireland
23 Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales