Leinster and Ireland cenere Gordon D'Arcy has been called into the British & Irish Lions' squad for the remainder of the tour of South Africa.
Injury worries concerning several of the Lions backs, including Keith Earls, currently on tour has led Ian McGeechan to make the call to bring the Irish centre in.
"Gordon has been called up due to the fact that we have had a few injury concerns in the backs,” said the head coach. “While the injuries are being treated by the medical team we felt it prudent that we call up Gordon to provide us with extra cover in midfield.
"Due to the short nature of this tour we have to be prepared for every eventuality. An extra back at this stage, three matches into the tour, will provide the extra depth to cover the existing injuries plus any further injuries we may encounter.”
McGeechan has no concerns about D’Arcy ability to perform at the level required to battle the Springboks.
"Gordon showed in the European Rugby Cup final and the recent Barbarians match against England that he is back to his best,” continued McGeechan.
“He was on our reserve list and we had no hesitation in calling him up to the squad as he is an extremely experienced player who has played 41 times for his country.
"He was also a British & Irish Lion on the 2005 tour to New Zealand where he played six provincial matches. He earned a Lions' Test cap in the match against Argentina in Cardiff prior to that tour. His partnership with Brian O'Driscoll for Leinster and Ireland is a proven one and can only benefit the Lions' squad here in South Africa."
D’Arcy will join up with squad in Johannesburg on Thursday.