Chris Harris will get another chance to impress for the British & Irish Lions tonight.

The Cumbrian makes his third tour appearance when Warren Gatland’s side face South Africa A in Cape Town (kick-off 7pm).

It gives Gloucester and Scotland centre Harris, a former Carlisle Rugby Club player, the opportunity to build on another positive display last weekend.

The 30-year-old scored his first Lions try in the comfortable 71-31 win over Cell C Sharks.

Gatland has made 12 changes with Harris, Anthony Watson and Dan Biggar the only players retained. Conor Murray captains the team as the build-up to the test series against the Springboks continues.

“It will be our toughest encounter since we arrived here,” Gatland said.

“We’re looking forward to it. We expect them to be physical in the contact area and look to test us at scrum time.

“I think we’ve benefitted from playing at altitude in the first three games. While the boys have felt it in their lungs, they’ll be all the better for it now we’re at sea level.

“As we move towards the business end of the Tour, it’s pleasing to see so many players putting in some stand-out performances.

"As coaches we want the players to make Test selection as hard as possible and that’s we’re seeing.”


British and Irish Lions: Watson, Rees-Zammit, Harris, Aki, Adams, Biggar, Murray, Jones, Owens, Sinckler, Itoje, Henderson, Navidi, Curry, Faletau.

South Africa A: Le Roux, Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Nkosi, Steyn, De Klerk, Kitshoff, Dweba, Nyakane, Etzebeth, Mostert, Van Staden, Du Toit, Wiese.