BILionsThe British & Irish Lions tune up for their tour of South Africa when they clash with Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday and Warren Gatland's side are firm favourites in the betting markets.

 

 

 

 

British and Irish Lions v Japan, Saturday 26th June, Edinburgh, KO 15:00 (South African time)

 

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset, Ludovic Cayre
TMO: Eric Gauzins

 

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B&I Lions:

 

The B&I Lions are scheduled to fly out to South Africa on Sunday where they will face the Lions in Johannesburg on 3rd July, followed by games against the Sharks, Bulls, South Africa A and the Stormers before the first test against the Boks on the 24th July.

 

Bookmakers are already offering a variety of outright markets for the Lions tour and any tips from punters who are playing the long term markets are most welcome on this thread on our discussion forum.

 

Back to this match in Edinburgh and the Lions named their side on Tuesday with the line up missing players who are yet to join the squad from their English clubs. There is a strong Scottish contingent to the delight of around 16,000 fans who are allowed to attend.

 

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Japan:

 

Since reaching the RWC 2019 quarter finals Japan have been starved of international rugby. They did have a hit out against the Sunwolves in preparation for this match, coming through with a 32-17 win on 12th June. Jamie Joseph  remains the coach and this will be Japan's first ever clash with the Lions.

 

Team News

 

British & Irish Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rory Sutherland.

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Ali Price, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Anthony Watson

 

Japan: 15 Ryohei YAMANAKA, 14 Kotaro MATSUSHIMA, 13 Timothy LAFAELE, 12 Ryoto NAKAMURA, 11 Siosaia FIFITA, 10 Yu TAMURA, 9 Kaito SHIGENO; 8 Amanaki Lelei MAFI, 7 Pieter LABUSCHAGNE, 6 Michael LEITCH (c), 5 James MOORE, 4 Wimpie VAN DER WALT, 3 Jiwon KOO, 2 Atsushi SAKATE, 1 Keita INAGAKI

Replacements: 16 Kosuke HORIKOSHI, 17 Craig MILLAR, 18 Asaeli Ai VALU, 19 Jack CORNELSEN, 20 Kazuki HIMENO, 21 Tevita TATAFU, 22 Naoto SAITO, 23 Rikiya MATSUDA

 

 

The Betting,

 

B&I Lions -16.5 points at 9/10

Japan +18.5 points at 9/10

 

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Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

Betting Angle

 

This line opened -12.5 Lions a few weeks back and I know many a punter who grabbed the early minus. At current levels I am reluctant to get involved but the good news is the point lines are out with total points set at 62.5. 

 

On this weeks edition of THE HANDICAP our live rugby betting show @TheConductor reckon u62.5 points was the play and we both agreed that Japan u22.5 points was a good bet. Gatland will likely have his team fired up for the opener and I am sure he will be stressing the need for a good defense as they head to South Africa. 

 

Bet: 6 units Japan u22.5 points at 0.78/1 at Playabets 

 

Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

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