Peter O’Mahony to lead Lions against Maori side with Warburton benched

  • Munster captain handed Lions armband for game in Rotorua
  • Jonathan Sexton to start with Owen Farrell joining Sam Warburton on bench

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony will skipper the British & Irish Lions in their final weekend fixture prior to the first Test against New Zealand. Warren Gatland has also named Jonathan Sexton to start at fly-half against the Maori All Blacks, with Owen Farrell and tour skipper Sam Warburton on the bench.

The bulk of the starting XV is the same as the side that defeated the Crusaders in Christchurch last Saturday but Maro Itoje will combine with his Saracens’ club-mate George Kruis in the second-row and Sexton has been invited to control affairs at 10 alongside his compatriot Conor Murray.

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