Lions fly halfway to Russell to resume training in South Africa

Issued on: 07/26/2021 – 14:30

Johannesburg (AFP)

Finn Russell, the UK and Irish Lions flying half, will resume training this week after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, assistant coach Steve Tandy told an online press conference Monday.

Russell watched from the main stand in Cape Town last Saturday as the Lions beat world champions South Africa 22:17 and took a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.

“Finn will start training with us today (Monday) and could be considered for selection,” said Tandy, referring to the second test at the same location on Saturday.

First Half of the Test Fly Dan Biggar suffered a concussion in the second half and was replaced by Owen Farrell, whose late penalty sealed the victory.

“Dan was fine in the locker room after the game and is starting to keep logs back to the game. I expect he will be available for training by Thursday,” said the coach.

Tandy said loosehead prop Wyn Jones, a late retirement from the first Test’s grid due to a shoulder injury, is in doubt for game two.

Head coach Warren Gatland is expected to announce Matchday 23 for Tuesday’s second test.

The Lions have won four, drawn one and lost eight in South Africa. The first took place 130 years ago.

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