SCOTLAND’S Stuart Hogg has been selected at stand-off in the Lions side to play the Combined Country at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, New South Wales, on Tuesday.
Hogg has featured twice at full-back for the Lions, including his role in yesterday’s win over Queensland Reds. But this is his first selection in the pivotal No.10 role.
Fellow Scot Richie Gray was also named in the starting XV for Tuesday. The lock is one of three players starting their second game in a row, along with Hogg and Alex Cuthbert.
Another Scot, Ryan Grant, is on the bench after being called up as injury cover.
Lions team to play Combined Country, Hunter Stadium, Tuesday, 10.30am
15. Sean Maitland (Scotland) 14. Alex Cuthbert (Wales) 13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland; capt) 12. Jamie Roberts (Wales) 11. George North (Wales) 10. Stuart Hogg (Scotland) 9. Conor Murray (Ireland); 1. Alex Corbisiero (England) 2. Richard Hibbard (Wales)
3. Dan Cole (England) 4. Richie Gray (Scotland) 5. Ian Evans (Wales) 6. Sean O’Brien (Ireland) 7. Justin Tipuric (Wales) 8. Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)
Subs: Rory Best (Ireland), Ryan Grant (Scotland), Matt Stevens (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Mike Phillips (Wales), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales).