Vickery to captain the Lions against Western Province
Former England captain Phil Vickery will captain the British and Irish Lions from the front row for tomorrow afternoon's match with Western Province in Cape Town.
The Wasps prop is the third Lions captain so far on tour and will lead a team which features a number of players widely expected to make the Test team including Stephen Jones, Tommy Bowe and Ugo Monye while it's last chance saloon for Martyn Williams Riki Flutey and Rob Kearney.
The front row of Andrew Sheridan, Matthew Rees and Phil Vickery will also be hoping to impress the Lions brain trust ahead of next weekend's first Test against the world champion Springboks while in the second row Nathan Hines and Donncha O'Callaghan will know that the selectors still have to decide on who will partner tour captain Paul O'Connell at lock.
Western Province could prove to be the toughest opponents that the Lions have met thus far on their tour. Despite not being a Super 14 team, the Cape Town side have lost far less players to the Springboks squad and led by controversial flanker Luke Watson should at least have more pride than the teams that have been steamrolled thus far.
The Lions XV to take on the Western Province: R Kearney; T Bowe, K Earls, R Flutey, U Monye, S Jones, H Ellis, A Sheridan, M Rees, P Vickery, D O'Callaghan, N Hines, J Worsley, M William, A Powell. Replacements: R Ford, S Shaw, T Croft, M Blair, J Hook, G D'Arcy.