SYDNEY (AP) — The British and Irish Lions have made Ireland's Rory Best captain for their tour match against Super Rugby's ACT Brumbies on Tuesday in Canberra and drafted former Wales winger and Japan-based Shane Williams into the side.
England center Billy Twelvetrees, who arrived in Sydney on Friday, will make his Lions debut alongside Brad Barritt, who is flying to Australia from the United States, where he was on vacation.
Williams will start on the left wing while England winger Christian Wade, who made his test debut last week against Argentina, will play on the right.
Lions coach Warren Gatland has said many of the players for the ACT match would likely not feature in the first test against Australia next Saturday in Brisbane due to the four-day turnaround between matches.
The 36-year-old Williams will fly in on Monday from Japan, where is playing for the Mitsubishi Dynabours. Williams played the last of his 87 tests for Wales against Australia in 2011, scoring his 58th international try with his last touch of the game.
His last international match was for the Barbarians against Wales in 2012 and he is in his second season playing in Japan.
He was on the Lions' tours of New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa in 2009, scoring two tries in the third-test win over the Springboks, and has played in four Lions tests.
Gatland and the Lions are concerned over the fitness of inside center Jamie Roberts for the first test. Roberts suffered a possible torn right hamstring in the Lions 47-17 win over New South Wales on Saturday — their fifth consecutive victory on the tour — and will have scans on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.
Also carrying injuries in the backline are winger George North (hamstring) and center Manu Tuilagi (shoulder). Ireland winger Tommy Bowe is already out of test consideration due to a broken hand.
Later Sunday, ACT coach Jake White said Wallabies squad member Peter Kimlin would captain his side against the Lions.
Both the Lions and Australia will announce their first-test lineups on Thursday in Brisbane.
The Lions, who will play two more tests against the Wallabies — on June 29 in Melbourne and July 6 in Sydney — are trying to win their first series since beating South Africa in 1997. They lost 2-1 to Australia in 2001, 3-0 to New Zealand in 2005 and 2-1 to South Africa in 2009.
Teams for Tuesday's match:
Lions: Rob Kearney (Ireland), Christian Wade (England), Brad Barritt (England), Billy Twelvetrees (England), Shane Williams (Wales), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Ben Youngs (England); Ryan Grant (Scotland), Rory Best (Ireland, captain), Matt Stevens (England), Ian Evans (Wales), Richie Gray (Scotalnd), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Tangaki Taulupe Faletau (Wales). Reserves: Richard Hibbard (Wales), Alex Corbisiero (England), Dan Cole (England), Geoff Parling (England), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Conor Murray (Ireland), Owen Farrell (England), Simon Zebo (Ireland).
ACT: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Andrew Smith, Clyde Rathbone, Matt Toomua, Ian Prior, Peter Kimlin (captain), Colby Faingaa, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Leon Power, Scott Sio, Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith. Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, Jean-Pierre Smith, Chris Cocca, Etienne Oosthuizen, Jordan Smiler, Mark Swanepoel, Robbie Coleman, Zack Holmes.