Owen Farrell a doubt for first British & Irish Lions test

Owen Farrell scored all twelve points in the Lions' victory over Crusaders. Picture: Getty
Owen Farrell scored all twelve points in the Lions' victory over Crusaders. Picture: Getty
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Owen Farrell faces a race against time to be fit for the British and Irish Lions’ first Test against New Zealand after suffering a quadriceps strain.

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The England fly-half will miss Saturday’s Maori All Blacks clash with a “grade one” quad injury - and the Lions will hope he can recover in time to face New Zealand in Auckland on June 24.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar will replace Farrell on the Lions’ bench for Saturday’s Maori clash in Rotorua.

“Owen Farrell has suffered a grade one quadriceps strain in training and has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions match against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday evening,” read a Lions statement.

“The England and Saracens playmaker will be replaced on the bench by Wales fly-half Dan Biggar.”

Farrell had shown imperious form in the Lions’ fine 12-3 win over much-vaunted Super Rugby leaders the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend.

Head coach Warren Gatland will want the 25-year-old to play a pivotal role in the first Test against the All Blacks on Saturday week.

So the 52-cap England star will now launch an immediate bid to ease past this setback to contest selection for the Eden Park showdown

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