Former Brighton college and Rugby star Marcus Smith has not been named in the British and Irish Lions 23-man squad for their first test against South Africa.

The 22-year was called up earlier this month as an injury replacement for Scotland's Finn Russell.

He then made his Lions debut in their 49-3 over the Stormers on Saturday and impressed setting-up fellow debutant Louis Rees-Zammit for a try, and also maintained a 100% success rate converting all seven of his attempts.

However, that impressive display it was not enough to secure his place in Warren Gatland's squad for the match in Cape Town on Saturday.

But Gatland admitted that choosing the squad was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make.

He said:"In my four Tours as a Lions coach, this was by far the hardest Test selection I have been involved in," said Gatland.

"We couldn't have asked for more from the players so far; they've all put their hands up and made picking a starting XV incredibly difficult.

"In truth, we would have been happy with any number of different combinations across the 23. However, we're very pleased with the side we've settled on."

Lions team to face South Africa: Hogg; Watson, Daly, Henshaw, Van Der Merwe; Biggar, Price; W Jones, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, AW Jones (capt), Lawes, Curry, Conan.

Replacements: Owens, Sutherland, Sinckler, Beirne, H Watson, Murray, Farrell, L Williams.