British and Irish Lions: Eight debutants to face Japan

Alun Wyn Jones and British and Irish Lions team-mates


The British and Irish Lions have been put through their paces on a training camp in Jersey
Date: Saturday 26 June Kick-off: 15:00 BST Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
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Alun Wyn Jones leads a British and Irish Lions side including eight debutants against Japan on Saturday.

Four Scots make the starting XV, with props Rory Sutherland and Zander Fagerson alongside flanker Hamish Watson and wing Duhan van der Merwe.

There will be 16,500 fans at Murrayfield for the first-ever meeting between the Lions and Japan.

“The crowd will give the players an enormous lift,” said Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

“We’re anticipating a tough game against Japan – a side that like to play at a high-tempo and shift the ball.

“We saw throughout the World Cup they have attacking threats across the park and a solid defence and set piece.

“I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made during our training camp in Jersey so far, but we’ve a long way to go.

“You can…