Lowood's Court in Lions' den

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TRUE BRIT: Tom Court trains with the Lions in Melbourne.
TRUE BRIT: Tom Court trains with the Lions in Melbourne. Inphodan Sheridan

THE British and Irish Lions have turned to a Lowood rugby union international to ease an injury crisis.

The former Lowood State High school captain Tom Court lined up for the touring side against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park last night.

The 32-year-old was on tour in America with the Irish national team playing Tests against the US and Canada.

They called the 122kg prop into the squad as front row cover after English prop Alex Corbisiero was forced out of the side with a calf injury.

Court trained with the Lions before being named in the squad to take on the Rebels.

Originally a shot-putter, Court made three appearances for the Queensland Reds after taking up rugby to lose weight.

Since pursuing his career in northern hemisphere he was played for Ulster more than 100 times and made 32 appearances for Ireland.

Court was unavailable to speak to the QT yesterday as he prepared for last night's match.

Court told BBC Sport he thought a voice mail notifying him of his selection was a practical joke by his team-mates.

"To be honest I had a voice mail from Guy Richardson which I thought was a prank call from one of the boys to be honest and then Mick Kearney the manager for Ireland gave me a call and let me know it was for real," he said.

"Then it was just trying settle the nerves and make a few phone calls to know what is actually happening."

His father Barry said the whirlwind arrival meant they were yet to catch up with Tom.

He was proud of his son who qualified to play for Ireland through family heritage on his mother's side.

Court said he was looking forward to make his first appearance in the Lions colours.

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