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Bit late starting this one off, but with the meaty stuff just on the horizon no better time to jump in than now.

 

The 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia is an international rugby union tour that is taking place in Australia, during June and July 2013.

The British and Irish Lions will play a series of three test matches against Australia and seven non-test matches. They will play against all five Australian Super Rugby teams – Western Force, Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratahs, Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels – as well as a Combined New South Wales-Queensland Country team. Before they arrived in Australia, they played against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, to mark the 125th anniversary of the first Lions tour.

On 4 September 2012, Wales head coach Warren Gatland was announced as the Lions' head coach. On 30 April 2013, the Lions' initial squad of 37 players was named, to be captained by Sam Warburton.

 

The best-of-three test series will see the Lions and Australia compete for the Tom Richards Trophy, which was first presented in 2001, the last time the Lions toured the country.[1] Australia won the 2001 test series 2-1, after the Lions won the first test. The Lions have won 15 of their 20 test matches against Australia dating back to 1899.

 

Fixtures

 

1 June British and Irish Lions 59–8 Barbarians Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

5 June Western Force 17–69 British and Irish Lions Patersons Stadium, Perth

8 June Queensland Reds 12–22 British and Irish Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

11 June Combined Countr 0–64 British and Irish Lions Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

15 June NSW Waratahs Vs British and Irish Lions Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

18 June Brumbies Vs British and Irish Lions Canberra Stadium, Canberra

22 June Australia Vs British and Irish Lions Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

25 June Melbourne Rebels Vs British and Irish Lions AAMI Park, Melbourne

29 June Australia Vs British and Irish Lions Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

6 July Australia Vs British and Irish Lions ANZ Stadium, Sydney

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Completely stupid and weird, considering it's his last Lions tour his last everything and he had a good tour he deserves better to be treated this way. What happens if there are injuries Centre is a specialised position. So we are taking a risk and playing two players just returning from injury problems, this is a mistake. Manu Tuilagi has not played since the first week and a run out in the last mid week game. I know Bowe can cover if both are injured but this seems stupid. Although the overall squad looks good.

 

L Halfpenny (Wales); T Bowe (Ireland), J Davies (Wales), J Roberts (Wales), G North (Wales); J Sexton (Ireland), M Phillips (Wales); A Corbisiero (England), R Hibbard (Wales), A Jones (Wales), A-W Jones (Wales, capt), G Parling (England), D Lydiate (Wales), S O'Brien (Ireland), Toby Faletau (Wales).

 

Replacements: T Youngs (England), M Vunipola (England), D Cole (England), R Gray (Scotland), J Tipuric (Wales), C Murray (Ireland), O Farrell (England), Manu Tuilagi (England).

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