British and Irish Lions: Finn Russell again coaching however prop Wyn Jones uncertain for second Check
|Venue: Cape City Stadium Date: Saturday, 31 July Kick-off: 17:00 BST|
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Fly-half Finn Russell will return to British and Irish Lions coaching on Monday, however prop Wyn Jones is uncertain for the second Check in South Africa.
Russell has not performed since damaging his Achilles throughout the 54-7 win over the Sharks on 7 July.
“He might probably be within the combine, [we have] to see how he pulls up,” mentioned defence coach Steve Tandy
The Lions will maintain a range assembly on Monday and announce the group for Saturday’s Check on Tuesday.
“I do know Finn’s been reacting nicely to the coaching he has been doing so we’ll talk about all that this night,” added Tandy.
Head coach Warren Gatland referred to as up England fly-half Marcus Smith as cowl for Scotland’s Russell, with Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell concerned within the 22-17 first-Check win in Cape City.
Biggar began and kicked 14 factors earlier than being compelled off the sector with a head harm, whereas England captain Farrell kicked a late penalty after approaching as a alternative.
“Biggs is simply going by the return-to-play protocols. He was good within the altering room and he is began these now,” added Tandy.
“Dan, all being nicely, must be out there to coach on Thursday.”
Tandy mentioned Wales prop Jones was “uncertain” for the second Check after lacking the primary Check with a shoulder harm, however the Lions is not going to name up a alternative at this stage.
The Scarlets loosehead was named within the beginning line-up on Saturday earlier than being compelled to withdraw, with Scotland prop Rory Sutherland beginning and Mako Vunipola approaching to the replacements’ bench.