British and Irish Lions
Payne to join Lions
June 21, 2009
Tim Payne, player portrait, 22 July 2008
Tim Payne has been summoned to join the Lions tour party in South Africa © Getty Images

The Lions have called up the England and Wasps loose head prop Tim Payne as front row cover for Andrew Sheridan who is struggling to recover from a back ailment.

Tour manager Gerald Davies and head coach Ian McGeechan released a joint statement ahead of the team's tour match against the Emerging Springboks in Cape Town on Tuesday feeling that a reinforcement was required with the must-win second test in Pretoria just under a week away.

"Tim Payne has been called up to provide essential cover for the front row as Andrew Sheridan is responding slowly to treatment for a sore back following the Southern Kings match. We simply can't go into this week without sufficient cover at loose head prop as we play the Emerging Springboks and the Springboks in the space of five days." said McGeechan.

"Tim Payne will arrive match fit having played in all three of England's recent international matches against the Barbarians and Argentina. We are still hopeful that Andrew Sheridan will respond to the medical regime he is currently undergoing."

It's a further blow to the Lions who narrowly lost the opening game of the series in Durban on Saturday, a major area of concern for the management after that game was the visitors performance in the scrum.


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