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Lions test preview vs Australia

The British and Irish Lions have been preparing for the past few weeks ahead of their real test against Australia which takes place later on today. The Lions have had their confidence seriously knocked as they lost their unbeaten streak when they lost to the Brumbies by 2 points earlier in the week. The British and Irish Lions were on fine form defeating the Barbarians, Western Force, Reds, Queensland and Waratahs consecutively, but then the Brumbies shocked with a narrow win which stopped the Lions making history.

Before the Brumbies defeat, the Lions would have been overwhelmed with confidence going into the first test against Australia, but they will not be so confident. To even make matters worse, injuries to key players are holding them back from putting out their normal full team. Alex Corbisiero is one of the many players who wasn’t in the original side, but has been called up due to too many injury problems; Corbisiero replaces Cian Healy who is thought to have suffered ankle ligament damage in the triumph against Western Force.

Lions face Australia after winning 5 of 6 previous games

The Lions are using a lot of players from Wales as they have nearly broken the record for most Welsh rugby players used in the team. They have named 8 Welsh players with the record being 9 players in a team which has suffered many unfortunate injuries. The big change was Corbisiero for Healy but that is only one change amongst many.

Dan Lydiate is bought in to replace Toby Faletau as back-row cover whilst Tom Croft is welcomed back into the team. The great news for the Lions is the fact that Jamie Heaslip and Captain Sam Warburton reunite for the first time since their victory against the Waratahs. Centre Jonathon Davies and Tom Croft were injury doubts as they missed training on Friday, but assistant coach Andy Farrell has revealed they should be fine for the first test.

Alex Corbisiero commented on his welcoming to the Lions team before playing Australia, “I just wanted to make the most of the opportunities I was given and try to put my hand up. I have just tried to focus on my own game and make sure my set-piece is accurate and work hard around the park. The coaches had a tough call because there are a lot of quality players out here. I am very excited and proud to be selected.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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