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Three Blues start for Lions

29th May 2005

The Lions have named a strong side for their New Zealand tour opener against Bay of Plenty next Saturday.

Experienced back-rowers Lawrence Dallaglio, Martyn Williams and Richard Hill will start. Gethin Jenkins and Tom Shanklin have been selected too, in the front row and at centre, to complete the trio for the Blues.

British & Irish Lions: Josh Lewsey; Mark Cueto, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gavin Henson, Tom Shanklin; Ronan O'Gara, Dwayne Peel; Gethin Jenkins, Gordon Bulloch, Matt Stevens, Paul O'Connell, Ben Kay, Richard Hill, Martyn Williams, Lawrence Dallaglio.
Replacements: Steve Thompson, Andrew Sheridan, Malcolm O'Kelly, Martin Corry, Matt Dawson, Charlie Hodgson, Gordon D'Arcy.