2009 British Lions Tour: Simon Shaw one of 5 changes for the Lions

The British and Irish Lions have made five changes for the second Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday.

Simon Shaw
Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw replaces Alun Wyn Jones in the second row and Adam Jones and Matthew Rees come in for Phil Vickery and Lee Mears in the front row. Rob Kearney replaces the injured Lee Byrne at full-back and Luke Fitzgerald gets the nod over Ugo Monye on the left wing.

Coach Ian McGeechan said: (quote)As a squad, the Lions still have everything to play for. The players know that the outcome of the Test series comes down to Saturday, and they are determined to take the series to a decider in Johannesburg. We have made five changes to the starting XV, but it will not change the way we want to play. Both teams will be better for the run last weekend, and we know we will have to step up our performance to ensure that we again take the game to the opposition and are more accurate in taking our opportunities.(end quote)

Phil Vickery, Lee Mears and Ugo Monye have been dropped from the squad altogether.

But it is Shaw’s inclusion that is a fairy story, with the Wasps lock making his Lions Test debut, despite having toured in 1997 and 2005 and played 17 games.Luke Fitzgerald, 21, will also make his Lions Test debut, while Wales’ Shane Williams takes Monye’s place on the bench. Scotland have one representative in the squad, with hooker Ross Ford replacing Mears, while England prop Andrew Sheridan is also a replacement.

There are seven Irishmen in the starting XV, with six Welshmen and two Englishmen.

Full Team

R Kearney (Leinster and Ireland); T Bowe (Ospreys and Ireland), B O’Driscoll (Leinster and Ireland), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues and Wales), L Fitzgerald (Leinster and Ireland); S Jones (Scarlets and Wales), M Phillips (Ospreys and Wales); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues and Wales), M Rees (Scarlets and Wales), A Jones (Ospreys and Wales), S Shaw (Wasps and England), P O’Connell (Munster and Ireland, capt), T Croft (Leicester and England), D Wallace (Munster and Ireland), J Heaslip (Leinster and Ireland).
Replacements: R Ford (Edinburgh and Scotland), A Sheridan (Sale Sharks and England), A-W Jones (Ospreys and Wales), M Williams (Cardiff Blues and Wales), H Ellis (Leicester and England), R O’Gara (Munster and Ireland), S Williams (Ospreys and Wales).

Comments

  1. Kevin Skerry says

    When i first saw the squad selection i felt there was a good chance of a really excellent achievement possibly a white wash (no pun intended). However, i was disapointed with the inclusion last Saturday of Phil Vickery (been a great player but past his sell by date)and the delay in replacing him when he was being conned out of the game was a disapointing Managerial cock up.
    One or two selections have not helped the Lions to get the upper hand,however, Tom Croft has been brilliant and i have everything crossed that the Lions can put on a great show that they are capable of and level the series. As a young lad i can remember the Mcbride team and their achievements are all the more enduring with each tour that passes.
    I would love to see Paul O,Connell and his team of Lions give me another fantastic memory. Come on the Taffs, oops, Lions.

  2. Kevin Skerry says

    The inclusion of Simon Shaw is a master stroke as he has the power and durability to match and surpass anything the Boks might try to produce. When i watch him play, there is a great look of a rampant Welsh forward about him, go SI GO.