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Farrell will be fit - Gatland

19th June 2017, 11:55 by Craig Smithson

Owen Farrell will be fit for the British and Irish Lions' first Test against New Zealand on Saturday, coach Warren Gatland confirmed.

The 25-year-old was forced to miss Saturday's 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks after suffering a quadriceps injury in training.

And, while Gatland revealed that Farrell will also sit out Tuesday's final warm-up clash against the Chiefs before the three-Test series gets under way against the All Blacks, the coach is adamant that he will be fit for that game at Eden Park.

"Owen could have played on Saturday. Had it been a Test match he would have played," Gatland said.

"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 per cent fit."

Meanwhile defence coach Andy Farrell, the father of Owen, also backed Wales full-back Leigh halfpenny to face New Zealand as he works his way back from a suspected head injury.

"We don't see too much of a problem with that for Leigh [Halfpenny], it's just the process we have to go through," Farrell said.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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