LONDON – England prop Kyle Sinckler was called into the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of South Africa on Sunday after Andrew Porter was ruled out through injury.
Ireland international Porter, 25, has been sidelined with a toe injury suffered during Leinster’s loss to Glasgow in the Pro14 on Friday.
Sinckler, a Lions tourist in New Zealand in 2017, will join the squad after the end of the Bristol Bears season.
The southwest English club have qualified for the Premiership play-offs.
“It’s really bad luck for Andrew and we send him our very best wishes for a quick and successful rehab,” said Lions head coach Warren Gatland in a statement.
“Andrew is a young man with a big future ahead of him and I’m sure he’ll be in contention again in four years time.”
Sinckler was a surprise omission when Gatland named his original squad in May, with the 28-year-old saying at the time: “I am not going to lie – I am…