Lions sweating over Hook's fitness

The British and Irish Lions are sweating over the fitness of Welsh fly-half James Hook ahead of Tuesday's game against the Emerging Springboks. The 23-year-old will see a neurologist tomorrow after suffering a blow to the head during the ill-tempered match against the Southern Kings last week.

The Lions take on the Emerging Springboks on Tuesday in Cape Town and Hook, if passed fit, should line out at No10 and a good performance could see him force his way onto the bench for next week's crucial second Test against the Springboks.

The tourists team doctor James Robson spoke about Hook's progress: "James continues to make excellent recovery from his head knock last week. He has done various grades of activity with no ill effect and he has done non-contact rugby activities with no ill effect. We have high hopes of him being passed tomorrow."

Hook's fitness battle is not the only worry for Lions head coach Ian McGeechan. Full-back Lee Byrne hobbled off at half-time with a foot injury and could struggle to be fit in time for the second Test against the Springboks on Saturday.

Elsewhere Wasps and England loose head prop Tim Payne has been called into the squad as cover for his compatriot Andrew Sheridan who is struggling with a back injury.

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