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Brian O'Driscoll to captain the Lions

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Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll will captain the British and Irish Lions for a sixth time when he takes the armband for their next tour game on Wednesday.

The Lions face Western Force in their first game on Australian soil after beating the Barbarians 59-8 in Hong Kong on Saturday.

O'Driscoll has previously skippered the Lions on tours to South Africa and New Zealand.

The 34-year-old will partner Manu Tuilagi in the centre with the Englishman one of five players making his Lions debut.

Prop Dan Cole, Wales lock Ian Evans, and Ireland duo Rory Best and Sean O'Brien also get their first taste of Lions action, while full-back Rob Kearney will miss both Wednesday's match and Saturday's third game against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

Kearney has been diagnosed with a hamstring tear after pulled out of Leinster's Pro 12 final against Ulster on 25 May after feeling tightness in the warm-up.

In the rest of the starting 15, Leigh Halfpenny, Tommy Bowe and Tom Croft get their first outings of the tour.

George North, Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray, Cian Healy, Alun Wyn Jones and Jamie Heaslip, who all came off the bench in Saturday's win make their first starts.

Sam Warburton remains unavailable for selection due to a knee injury but it is hopeful that he will be fit for some part in Saturday's encounter.

 

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