Jared Payne among five Irish players to start for the Lions

Sam Warburton returns as captain for their next test against the Highlanders

Jared Payne among five Irish players to start for the Lions

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Jared Payne is among five Irish internationals named to start for the Lions as they prepare to take on the Highlanders on Tuesday.

The Ulster player will line out at full-back this time, having previously started at outside centre against the Blues. 

Payne's fellow Ulster teammates Rory Best and Iain Henderson will also start the game, while Robbie Henshaw has been selected to wear the number 12 jersey.

Team captain Sam Warburton has recovered from an ankle issue to take his place alongside James Haskell and Munster's CJ Stander in the back row.

Meanwhile, out-half Dan Biggar has been passed fit to start after failing a head injury assessment during his side's defeat to the Blues earlier this week.

He has since gone through all the concussion protocols to take his place in the starting XV.   

Kick-off for the game on Tuesday is 8.35am Irish time.

Lions (v Highlanders):

15. Jared Payne
14. Jack Nowell
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Tommy Seymour
10. Dan Biggar
9. Rhys Webb

1. Joe Marler
2. Rory Best
3. Kyle Sinckler
4. Courtney Lawes
5. Iain Henderson
6. James Haskell
7. Sam Warburton (captain)
8. CJ Stander


16. Ken Owens
17. Jack McGrath
18. Dan Cole
19. Alun Wyn Jones
20. Justin Tipuric
21. Greig Laidlaw
22. Owen Farrell
23. Elliot Daly