British and Irish Lions: Kyle Sinckler replaces injured Andrew Porter in Warren Gatland’s squad | Rugby Union News

British and Irish Lions: Kyle Sinckler replaces injured Andrew Porter in Warren Gatland’s squad |  Rugby Union News


Gatland on Porter: “Andrew is a young man with a great future ahead of him and I am sure he will be in contention again in four years”; Every game of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will be exclusively live on Sky Sports

Last update: 06/06/21 12:01 am

Kyle Sinckler has been in excellent shape for the Bristol Bears

Kyle Sinckler will replace injured mainstay Andrew Porter in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad for a tour of South Africa this summer.

Ireland international Porter injured his toe in Leinster lost to Glasgow Warriors at the PRO14 Rainbow Cup on Friday night, which forced him to withdraw from the tour.

Sinckler, who toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2017, will join the team once Bristol bears’ the national season is over as Pat Lam’s side have already qualified for the Premiership play-offs.

Andrew Porter missing Lions tour after suffering toe injury while playing for Leinster

Andrew Porter missing Lions tour after suffering toe injury while playing for Leinster

The Lions reunite in Jersey on June 13 to begin preparations for the game against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26, before flying to South Africa for the series against the Springboks.

“It’s really bad luck for Andrew and we send him our best wishes for a speedy and successful rehabilitation,” Gatland said.

Sinckler toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2017

Sinckler toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2017

“Andrew is a young man with a bright future ahead of him and I am sure he will be in contention again in four years.

“As always in rugby, when there is an injury there is an opportunity for someone else. I was very happy to see the way Kyle reacted to being initially kicked out of the tour.

“He’s been showing excellent form lately and I hope he will continue to show me two fingers to get him out of the way in the first place.”

England international Sinckler missed the selection when Warren Gatland announced his Lions squad

England international Sinckler missed the selection when Warren Gatland announced his Lions squad

British and Irish Lions 2021 South Africa’s confirmed fixture list:

• Saturday July 3, 5 p.m .: Emirates Lions vs. British and Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
• Wednesday July 7, 7 p.m .: Cell C Sharks vs. British and Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
• Saturday July 10, 5 p.m .: Vodacom Bulls vs. British and Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
• Wednesday July 14, 7 p.m .: South Africa ‘A’ v British and Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
• Saturday July 17, 5 p.m .: DHL Stormers vs. British and Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)

Test series devices

• Saturday July 24, 5 p.m .: Springboks vs. British and Irish Lions (1st test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
• Saturday July 31, 5 p.m .: Springboks vs. British and Irish Lions (2nd Test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)
• Saturday August 7, 5 p.m .: Springboks vs. British and Irish Lions (3rd Test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)

Watch every game of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa exclusively live on Sky Sports this summer.



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