Lions back Payne ruled out of Tour opener


Jared Payne has suffered a calf strain and will miss the British and Irish Lions' opening tour match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.

The Ireland back, who played in his country's famous win over the All Blacks last October, had been named among the replacements and would have been in line for a Lions debut.

His place has now been taken by England's Elliot Daly for Saturday's contest, which is the opening fixture of six warm-up matches before the first Test with the world champions on June 24.