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Lions team to play Chiefs suggests Sam Warburton in frame to face All Blacks

• Tour captain and Jonathan Joseph among those omitted from Tuesday’s game
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The British & Irish Lions have given a clue to their thinking for Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park by omitting both their tour captain Sam Warburton and centre Jonathan Joseph from their midweek squad to face the Chiefs on Tuesday.

The Test 23 will be confirmed on Thursday (Wednesday evening BST) and both Warburton and Joseph now appear firmly in the frame. The presence of Alun Wyn Jones on the bench against the Chiefs also suggests the Saracens pair of Maro Itoje and George Kruis will start together against the All Blacks with the Welshman vying for a replacement’s role.

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