Bennett makes trio of changes to provisional Lions line-up

By Russell Greaves 29 October 2019 8
Bennett makes trio of changes to provisional Lions line-up

Wayne Bennett has made three changes to his provisional Great Britain Lions line-up for the first Test against New Zealand.

The Lions lost centre Oliver Gildart (shoulder) and prop Luke Thompson (rib) to injury in the 14-6 loss to a Tonga Invitational XIII on Saturday, with Jake Connor and Tom Burgess drafted in for this weekend's clash in Auckland.

Lachlan Coote has also been replaced by St Helens team-mate Jonny Lomax at full-back. 

Meanwhile, Warrington Wolves forward Joe Philbin is in line to make his debut from the bench after being called up.

Opponents New Zealand have opted to recall Kieran Foran – who has not appeared for his country in over two years – as Shaun Johnson drops out of the reckoning, while Joseph Tapine is back after being suspended for Friday's defeat to Australia. 

Adam Blair will bring up a milestone 50th Test appearance for the hosts.

Great Britain Lions provisional team: 

Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Zak Hardaker, Jake Connor, Ryan Hall, Gareth Widdop, Jackson Hastings, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Tom Burgess, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, James Graham.

New Zealand provisional team:

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Ken Maumalo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Joseph Manu, Jamayne Isaako, Kieran Foran, Benji Marshall, Zane Tetevano, Brandon Smith, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Briton Nikora, Kenny Bromwich, Joseph Tapine.

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