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British & Irish Lions Name Team to Play the Wallabies in Brisbane

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It's crunch time! The British & Irish Lions have named the team to play the Qantas Wallabies in the 1st Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane at 20:00 (Brisbane time, 11:00 GMT) on Saturday.

The starting XV comprises eight new Test Lions and will be captained by Sam Warburton.

 In the backs Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, George North, Jonathan Davies and Jonathan Sexton all make their Lions Test debuts, while experience is provided by Brian ODriscoll and Mike Philips, who have nine Lions Tests between them.

The forward pack contains a wealth of Lions Test experience with Jamie Heaslip, Tom Croft, Paul OConnell, Alun Wyn Jones and Adam Jones sharing 17 Tests.

Loose-head prop Alex Corbisiero, who joined the tour as a replacement, also makes his debut along with Warburton and hooker Tom Youngs.

 We are now at the business end of the tour. You can feel the excitement and commitment within the squad now that we are back in Brisbane and the 1st Test is just days away, said British & Irish Lions Tour Manager, Andy Irvine. I congratulate all the players who are making their Lions Test debut on Saturday. Playing against the Wallabies for the Lions is a major milestone in a players career and I am confident they will all uphold the history and tradition of the Lions by giving their all.

British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, said, After six matches we have arrived at the 1st Test and have selected our strongest possible side with only Jamie Roberts, Tommy Bowe and Manu Tuilagi unavailable for selection. The Wallabies at home pose a huge challenge but the Test team contains 20 of the players that played against the Waratahs in what was our best match to date. We now have a couple of more days of match preparation to ensure we improve again on that performance.

British & Irish Lions v Qantas Wallabies

15. Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues/Wales) 14. Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues/Wales) 13. Brian ODriscoll (Leinster/Ireland) 12. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/Wales) 11. George North (Scarlets/Wales) 10. Jonathan Sexton (Leinster/Ireland) 9. Mike Phillips (Bayonne/Wales) 1. Alex Corbisiero (London Irish/England) 2. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers/England) 3. Adam Jones (Ospreys/Wales) 4. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/Wales) 5. Paul OConnell (Munster/Ireland) 6. Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers/England) 7. Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues/Wales, capt) 8. Jamie Heaslip (Leinster/Ireland)

Replacements

 16. Richard Hibbard (Ospreys/Wales) 17. Makovina Vunipola (Saracens/England) 18. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers/England) 19. Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers/England) 20. Dan Lydiate (Dragons/Wales) 21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers/England) 22. Owen Farrell (Saracens/England) 23. Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors/Ireland).

Pictures from Lions v Barbarians in Hong Kong

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The British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians Tour 2013 Fixtures

Saturday, 1 June: Lions v Barbarians - Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (Lions won: 59-8).
Wednesday, 5 June: Lions v Western Force - Patersons Stadium, Perth (Lions won: 69-17).
Saturday, 8 June: Lions v Queensland Reds - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Lions won: 22-12).
Tuesday, 11 June: Lions v Combined Queensland-NSW Country - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle (Lions won: 64-0).
Saturday, 15 June: Lions v New South Wales Waratahs - Allianz Stadium, Sydney (Lions won: 47-17).
Tuesday, 18 June: Lions v ACT Brumbies - Canberra Stadium, Canberra (Lions lost: 12-14).
Saturday, 22 June: First Test: Lions v Australia - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Lions WON: 23-21).
Tuesday, 25 June: Lions v Melbourne Rebels - AAMI Park, Melbourne.
Saturday, 29 June: Second Test: Lions v Australia - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
Saturday, 6 July: Third Test: Lions v Australia - ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

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