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Australia will look to complete a come from behind series win over the British and Irish Lions when the two sides meet in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium this weekend. See Australia v British and Irish Lions live on your pc by joining today.

The Lions had the opportunity to seal the series in Melbourne last weekend, but paid the price for being overtly defensive as the Wallabies ground out a single point win, with Adam Ashley Cooper scoring the only try of the game.

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With the series on the line, Lions coach Warren Gatland has named 10 Welsh players in his starting XV. There are only two Englishmen and three Irish players, with legendary centre Brian O’Driscoll not even finding a place on the bench.

While Gatland has chosen not to use the experience of the 133 capped O’Driscoll, his opposite number Robbie Deans has named veteran George Smith in his starting lineup. The 110 capped Brumbies loose forward, who also played for the Wallabies in the 2001 series against the Lions, last donned the green and gold jersey back in 2009. Deans has gone for a 6-2 split on the bench, with Nick Phipps and Jesse Mogg the only backline reserves. Smith’s inclusion pushes Michael Hooper onto the bench, with Force utility forward Ben McCalman also grabbing a spot in the 23 at the expense of Reds flanker Liam Gill.

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Posted: 29th June 2013

The Lions can seal victory in their tour of Australia if they beat the Wallabies in the second test in Melbourne on Saturday. Watch Australia v British and Irish Lions live online on your computer by joining today.

The Lions won the first test in Brisbane 23-21. They scored two tries, one excellent individual one by George North and the other by his Welsh team mate Alex Cuthbert. Leigh Halfpenny was again mercurial with the boot, missing only kick while the Australian kickers left fourteen points on the table between them.

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James O’Connor missed eight points, while Rebels team mate Kurtley Beale missed two at the end, and the Wallabies were left ruing the absence of designated kickers Christian Lealiifano and Berrick Barnes, both of whom were knocked out during the game. They also lost Pat McCabe and Adam Ashley Cooper to injury, thus forcing a backline reshuffle that saw their replacement scrumhalf Nick Phipps play at wing, flanker Michael Hooper at inside centre and regular winger Digby Ioane outside him.

The Wallabies also lost the first test at Brisbane when the Lions toured back in 2001 and went on to win the remaining two tests to clinch the series. Coach Robbie Deans will be hoping that his boys can emulate the squad of 2001 at the Etihad.

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Posted: 22nd June 2013

The first test of the much awaited Lions Tour of Australia takes place this weekend as the Wallabies take on the best of Britain and Ireland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Watch Australia v British and Irish Lions on your computer by joining today.

The Lions suffered a shock loss to the Brumbies in Canberra on Tuesday night- their first loss to an Australian provincial side since Queensland got the better of them in the 70’s. The Lions had a nightmare at set piece time, with skipper Rory best struggling with his throwing. Things improved when Gatland threw his strong bench onto the field, but the Brumbies held on for a narrow two point win.

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Gatland has named as many as eight Welsh players in his starting XV, with Sam Warburton captaining the side. There is no place for both Justin Tipuric and Sean O’Brien on the bench, while Tom Youngs has got the nod over Richard Hibbard at hooker.

Australia has fielded a strong lineup, with Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano playing outside James O’Connor. Israel Folau will make his Wallabies debut at wing, while Berrick Barnes is on the bench. Ben Mowen will make the lineout calls on debut, with Kane Douglas partnering James Horwill in the second row.

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Posted: 6th July 2013

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