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Cole starts in Lions front row

Front-rower Dan Cole is the only Leicester Tigers player in the British & Irish Lions line-up for Tuesday's match against the Combined Country at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

Tigers prop Cole makes his third appearance of the tour and second start, with head coach Warren Gatland bringing in England’s Alex Corbisiero at loosehead following his arrival as an injury replacement for Cian Healy. Scotland’s Ryan Grant is also in line for his first Lions appearance after joining the squad on Saturday following injury to Gethin Jenkins.

Gatland said: “This team includes three players - Richie Gray, Alex Cuthbert and Stuart Hogg - who are starting their second game in a row plus another George North who came off the bench early against the Reds. This is the nature of Lions tours as we adapt to injuries and playing twice a week.”

British & Irish Lions (v Combined Country, Tuesday)
15 Sean Maitland (Galsgow Warriors/Scotland)
14 Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
13 Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster/Ireland) Captain
12 Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
11 George North (Scarlets/Wales)
10 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
9 Conor Murray (Munster/Ireland)
1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish/England)
2 Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers/England)
4 Richie Gray (Scotland)
5 Ian Evans (Ospreys/Wales)
6 Sean O’Brien (Leinster/Ireland)
7 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys/Wales)
8 Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)

Replacements
16 Rory Best (Ulster/Ireland)
17 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
18 Matt Stevens (Saracens/England)
19 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales)
20 Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Dragons/Wales)
21 Mike Phillips (Bayonne/Wales)
22 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/Wales)
23 Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues/Wales)