Ireland hooker Rory Best to lead Lions against the Chiefs

British Lions 32 Maori All Blacks 10: Forward domination guides Lions to tour victory

Maor to come When is Lions vs Maori All Blacks, what TV channel is it on and who is in Warren Gatland's squad?

The six players Gatland called up this week-Tomas Francis, Allan Dell, Kristian Dacey, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Finn Russell-will all be on the bench for the match.

Tour skipper Warburton is scrapping for full fitness after ankle trouble - but Gatland holding him back from facing the Chiefs indicates the Wales back-rower can still squeeze himself into the 23 for the first Test.

At first glance, Gatland's selection for Tuesday's showdown in Hamilton might be a nod to him protecting the potential squad for Saturday, although Howley has poured scorn on that assumption.

A renowned enforcer, Meads played a then-record 55 Tests for the All Blacks and was captain during the 1971 Lions series, the only time the Lions won on New Zealand soil.

Gatland was accused of devaluing the shirt in deeming England's tourists in Argentina and Ireland's in Japan to require too much travel time to join the touring party.

But that said, if this was always going to happen, why not bring an extended squad with guys who have earned the right to play for the Lions?

It sits uneasy with me and even listening to Sir Ian McGeechan on TV over the weekend, you could see that he was disappointed.

The bulk of those involved against the Chiefs will not feature in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

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The former suffered strain in his quad earlier in the week, while the latter came off for an HIA with suspected concussion during the Lions' 32-10 victory against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

"It was pretty good". The unfortunate thing is we are here for such a short time but I'm really looking forward to what should be a great occasion on Tuesday night for what should be a great atmosphere in a proper rugby ground. Warburton is a quality player but he doesn't have enough rugby under his belt.

The 33-year-old Donald, a veteran of 100 matches for the Waikato-based Chiefs, is by far the most-seasoned member of a lineup depleted by the loss of players to the All Blacks and the New Zealand Maori squads.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked 20 points as Itoje crossed the line to ensure the Lions chalked up their third win from five tour matches and avoided a similar setback to 12 years ago when the Maori stunned their visitors 19-13.

With Farrell a doubt, Jonathan Sexton seems nailed on for the number ten jersey, while his Ireland half back partner, Conor Murray, will nearly certainly start at number nine.

Replacements: H Elliot, C Eves, M Renata, L Price, K Pryor, B Hall, I West, R Thompson.

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones and Scotland winger Tommy Seymour are among the reserves which may indicate they retain some chance of making the test lineup as replacements.

Jonathan Sexton staked a huge claim for the number 10 spot, with Owen Farrell absent because of a reported quadriceps injury, while Halfpenny was magnificent as the Lions racked up their biggest ever win over the Maoris.

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