England prop Kyle Sinckler replace Andrew Porter in British and Irish Lions squad

Kyle Sinckler played all three Tests during the 2017 tour of New Zealand
Kyle Sinckler played all three Tests during the 2017 tour of New Zealand

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has made a change to the squad for the upcoming series against South Africa with England prop Kyle Sinckler replacing Ireland's Andrew Porter.

Porter suffer a toe injury during Leinster's recently concluded Pro14 Rainbow Cup game against Glasgow Warriors and is set to be on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Sinckler was already part of the Lions' 2017 tour of New Zealand where he featured in all three Tests and has also featured in 44 Tests for England including six appearances in the 2019 World Cup where the red rose team reached the final before losing to the eventual champions Springboks.

“It’s really bad luck for Andrew and we send him our very best wishes for a quick and successful rehab," said Gatland in a statement released by the Lions.

“Andrew is a young man with a big future ahead of him and I’m sure he’ll be in contention again in four years’ time.

“As always in rugby, when there’s an injury there’s an opportunity for someone else. I have been very pleased to see the way Kyle has responded to initially being left out of the touring party.

“He’s showed some excellent form of late and I hope he continues to stick two fingers up to me about leaving him out in the first place.”

The squad will assemble in Jersey on 13th June ahead of their game against Japan to be played at Murrayfield Stadium on 26th June. The Lions will kick-start their tour of South Africa with a clash against Emirates Lions on 3rd July and will face the Springboks in a three-Test series on 24th July, 27th July and 7th August with Cape Town and Johannesburg being the venues.


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