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Rugby | Lions boost as Farrell declared fit


Hamilton – British and Irish Lions backline star Owen
Farrell has shaken off a thigh strain and will be available for the first Test
against the All Blacks this weekend, coach Warren Gatland said. 

Farrell suffered a quadricep strain at training on Thursday
and sat out the Lions’ win over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday. 

But Gatland said his absence was precautionary and the
Englishman was ready to play. 

“Owen could have played on Saturday. Had it been a Test
match he would have played,” he told reporters. 

“We just made a decision that it wasn’t worth taking
that risk. 

“It’s a quad strain that was very high and not on his
kicking leg. It’s on his left leg. I’ve no doubt he will be 100 percent

Farrell is regarded as a near-certain selection against the
All Blacks at Eden Park, either at fly-half or inside centre.

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