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Sir Ian McGeechan: Owen Farrell should not be risked if he isn't fully fit to face All Blacks


Farrell picked up an injury and is a doubt for the first Test

Sir Ian McGeechan has urged Warren Gatland to start Owen Farrell in the British and Irish Lions’ first Test with the All Blacks – but only if he can be absolutely certain the Saracens star is fully fit. 

The Lions have endured mixed fortunes on the tour so far, winning three and losing two of their tour matches, and have picked up a number of injuries along the way. 

Farrell suffered a grade one tear in his quad muscle and is racing to be fit for that first encounter with the Kiwis, a match you can hear live and exclusively only on talkSPORT this Saturday from 8.35am. 

McGeechan is keen to see Farrell slot back into the team, but only if his injury has completely cleared up. 

He told Danny Kelly and Micky Quinn: “The in-form player and the dominant player at the moment is Owen Farrell. 

“Owen would have to be fit by Tuesday at the latest to be part of all the building up in the training in the week. 

“If he is fit to do that by Tuesday, I think he (Gatland) will pick Farrell and keep Ben Teo and Jonathan Davies at centre. 

“If not, he’s got that comfort of him going with Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray. 

“He’s got two outstanding No 10s which is a huge advantage for the Lions.”

Coverage of every match on the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand is exclusively live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. 

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