(07 Jun 2021)
The British & Irish Lions head coach, Warren Gatland,
has confirmed that tighthead prop, Andrew Porter, has been
ruled out of this summer’s Castle Lager Lions Series in South
Africa with a toe injury and will be replaced by Kyle Sinckler.
The 25-year-old Ireland International picked up
the injury in Leinster Rugby’s defeat to Glasgow Warriors on
Friday night in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup.
Sinckler, a Lions tourist in New Zealand in 2017,
will join up with the squad following the conclusion of Bristol
Bears’ domestic season. The West-Country outfit have already
qualified for the Premiership play-offs.
The Lions assemble in Jersey on 13 June to
begin preparations for
The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup match against
Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 26 June, before flying
to South Africa for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series against the
“It’s really bad luck for Andrew and we send him
our very best wishes for a quick and successful rehab,” said
Gatland. “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
The Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous
occasions, with the first tour taking place in 1891. In that time,
the Lions have won four test series, lost eight with one drawn.
Their overall record against the Springboks is played 46, won 17,
lost 23 and drawn 6.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.
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