Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Luke Fitzgerald, Jamie Heaslip, David Wallace and Paul O’Connell all start against the Springboks on Saturday, with Ronan O Gara on the bench.
There’s no place for John Hayes, Donncha O Callaghan or Keith Earls though, and whatever about Hayes and Earls, I thought Donncha did more than enough to earn his place on Tuesday against the emerging Boks.
Vickery is out too, not surprisingly after being destroyed in the first Test by the Beast, Tendai Mtawarira. He’s replaced by Adam Jones, 280 pounds of muscle, belly and hair.
I think we’ll see a different Lions attitude on Saturday. They have to win this to avoid making the rest of the tour into an embarrassing formality, and I think they’ll be carrying the game to the Boks much more aggressively than they did the last time.
At least, I hope that’s what will happen.
British & Irish Lions vs South Africa, 2nd Test
15. Rob Kearney (Leinster / Ireland)
14. Tommy Bowe (Ospreys / Ireland)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster / Ireland)
12. Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues / Wales)
11. Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster / Ireland)
10. Stephen Jones (Scarlets / Wales)
9. Mike Phillips (Ospreys / Wales)
8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster / Ireland)
7. David Wallace (Munster / Ireland)
6. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers / England)
5. Paul O’Connell (Munster / Ireland) Captain
4. Simon Shaw (London Wasps / England)
3. Adam Jones (Ospreys / Wales)
2. Matthew Rees (Scarlets / Wales)
1. Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
16. Ross Ford (Edinburgh / Scotland)
17. Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks /England)
18. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys / Wales)
19. Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues/Wales)
20. Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers/England)
21. Ronan O’Gara (Munster/Ireland)
22. Shane Williams (Ospreys / Wales)