Venue: Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Date: Tuesday 18th June 2013 19.30 local (10.30 UK)
UK Television: Sky Sports 1 & HD 1 (10.00 UK)
Weather: Cloudy with light winds, Max 6 degrees
Referee: Jerome Garces (France)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Television match official: tba (New Zealand)
Assessor: Scott Young/Andrew Cole (Australia)
|University of Canberra Brumbies||The British & Irish Lions|
|15. Jesse Mogg
14. Henry Speight
13. Tevita Kuridrani
12. Andrew Smith
11. Clyde Rathbone
10. Matt Toomua
9. Ian Prior
8. Peter Kimlin (c)
7. Colby Faingaa
6. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
4. Leon Power
3. Scott Sio
2. Siliva Siliva
1. Ruan Smith
|15: Rob Kearney
14: Christian Wade
13: Brad Barritt
12: Billy Twelvetrees
11: Shane Williams
10: Stuart Hogg
9: Ben Youngs
8: Toby Faletau
7: Justin Tipuric
6: Sean O’Brien
5: Richie Grey
4: Ian Evans
3: Matt Stevens
2: Rory Best (c)
1: Ryan Grant
|16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Jean-Pierre Smith
18. Chris Cocca
19. Etienne Oosthuizen
20. Jordan Smiler
21. Mark Swanepoel
22. Robbie Coleman
23. Zack Holmes
|16: Richard Hibbard
17: Alex Corbisiero
18: Dan Cole
19: Geoff Parling
20: Dan Lydiate
21: Conor Murray
22: Owen Farrell
23: Simon Zebo
So this is traditionally where the tour goes from a cohesive tour party unit to a potentially divided and split camp. The test team and the dirt trackers. The haves and the have nots. And this is where the the tour will be made or broken.
Those not selected for this game against the University of Canberra Brumbies on Tuesday will have a good idea that they will be playing in the first test at the weekend and those that have been chosen will know that they almost certainly wont be playing on Saturday.
It will be absolutely key that those appearing for the Lions on Tuesday are totally committed to the tour and supporting those that have been selected in their position for the test on Saturday. Not least, because everything could change for the second test. You never know what will happen with injuries, tactical changes etc.
This game against the Brumbies is going to be very close. Probably the closest game of the tour considering the relative strength of the Lions and Brumbies teams on show.
For once, the Australian hosts are putting out a competitive side with plenty of current and former Wallabies on show including Peter Kimlin, Scott Sio and Cylde Rathbone.
The Lions are really struggling with injuries in the back line and this has resulted in the raft of call ups over the weekend. Four of the six backs on show tomorrow have not played any part in the tour so far, with winger Shane Williams only coming in to play this game and then he will be leaving the tour party again.
They’ve got tour debutants on both wings in Williams and Christian Wade, and at both centre positions in Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt, Rob Kearney is only just on his way back from injury and Stuart Hogg is once again playing at fly half.
The Lions forwards are a much more settled unit and there are arguments to say that some of those on show will be disappointed that they haven’t made the test team, including especially all members of the back row selected.
This is going to be a close game, that’s for sure. The Lions forwards should have too much for the Brumbies, but the hosts will have a much more settled back line who will surely put the makeshift Lions defence to the test.
The Lions will be keen to ensure they go into the test series on a high and the way to do that would be to record an important win against a good Brumbies side with what is very much a makeshift Lions side.
Comments from British & Irish Lions fans on the Forum
“The side includes 2 players that have retired from test rugby.
4 players that have never played in the squad before and have just been called up.
3 players making their Lions debuts.
And a few players drastically out of position.
It’s a makeshift, depserate midweek scratch side that will struggle in lots of departments.”
Join in the chat at our Lions Tour Forum to have your say, and next time it could be your comments here.
This is looking like the closest match of the tour. The Brumbies have selected a competitive side with a handful of Wallabies. Their pack is weaker than the Lions, but their backs are dangerous and capable of scoring tries. The Lions are coming into this game with a fairly settled pack, but their back line is in disarray. The key to the game will be which set of backs is doing the attacking as to which way this is going to go. Even with a decimated back line, we still think the Lions will excerpt enough power in the forwards to starve the Brumbies of ball so we’ve gone for a Lions win, but only just.
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