Rugby Union

Lions: Shane Williams called up for Brumbies match

Williams joined up with the squad on Monday. (©GettyImages)
Williams joined up with the squad on Monday. (©GettyImages).

Warren Gatland sprung a huge surprise when announcing the Lions team to face the Brumbies on Tuesday by naming Wales legend Shane Williams on the wing.

36-year-old Williams, who has been plying his trade in Japan after retiring from international duty after the 2011 World Cup, will join the Lions on Monday to train. 

Williams, who was a Lions tourist in 2005 and 2009, will line up alongside debutants Billy Twelvetrees, Christian Wade and Brad Barritt, who will all start the match against the Super Rugby leaders. 

Wade makes his Lions debut just over a week after making his England test debut. Amazingly Williams was planning to fly out to Australia tomorrow anyway to partake in media work. It is believed that with Williams flying out anyway Gatland took the option to field him, allowing him to rest some of his backs who have picked up various knocks.

Williams becomes the 45th Lion of the tour after the original 37 squad were named and the subsequent call ups for Twelvetrees, Wade, Barritt, Rory Best, Ryan Grant, Alex Corbisiero and Simon Zebo.

Stuart Hogg lines up at fly half again and Rob Kearney is given one final chance to challenge for a spot in the test 23. The inclusion of Richie Gray, Sean O'Brien, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau implies that those players are unlikely to start the first test. Rory Best captains the side.

Lions: Kearney, Wade, Barritt, Twelvetrees, Williams, Hogg, B Youngs, Grant, Best (C), Stevens, Evans, Gray, O'Brien, Tipuric, Faletau.


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