Lions Tour - Factbox: Australia v British and Irish Lions

Factbox on the three-Test series between Australia and the touring British and Irish Lions ahead of Saturday's first Test in Brisbane.

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Ian Evans, left, and Billy Twelvetrees stand dejected during the Lions' defeat to the Brumbies

AUSTRALIA

Coach: Robbie Deans

Captain: James Horwill

Recent form:

Dec. 24 v Wales (Cardiff) - won 14-12

Nov. 24 v Italy (Florence) - won 22-19

Nov. 17 v England (Twickenham) - won 20-14

Nov. 10 v France (Paris) - lost 33-6

Oct. 20 v New Zealand (Brisbane) drew 18-18

Australia team named for first Test v Lions at Lang Park:

15-Berrick Barnes, 14-Israel Folau, 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12-Christian Leali'ifano, 11-Digby Ioane, 10-James O'Connor, 9-Will Genia; 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Michael Hooper, 6-Ben Mowen, 5-James Horwill, 4-Kane Douglas, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-Benn Robinson

Replacements - 16-Saia Fainga'a, 17-James Slipper, 18-Sekope Kepu, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Liam Gill, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Pat McCabe, 23-Kurtley Beale

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BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS

Coach: Warren Gatland

Captain: Sam Warburton

Recent form:

June 18 v ACT Brumbies (Canberra) - lost 14-12

June 15 v New South Wales Waratahs (Sydney) - won 47-17

June 11 v Combined Country (Newcastle) - won 64-0

June 8 v Queensland Reds (Brisbane) - won 22-12

June 5 v Western Force (Perth) - won 69-17

June 1 v Barbarians (Hong Kong) - won 59-8

Lions team named for first Test:

15-Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), 14-Alex Cuthbert (Wales), 13-Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), 12-Jonathan Davies (Wales), 11-George North (Wales), 10-Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), 9-Mike Phillips (Wales), 8-Jamie Heaslip (Ireland), 7-Sam Warburton (Wales, captain), 6-Tom Croft (England), 5-Paul O'Connell (Ireland), 4-Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), 3-Adam Jones (Wales), 2-Tom Youngs (England), 1-Alex Corbisiero (England)

Replacements - 16-Richard Hibbard (Wales), 17-Mako Vunipola (England), 18-Dan Cole (England), 19-Geoff Parling (England), 20-Dan Lydiate (Wales), 21-Ben Youngs (England), 22-Owen Farrell (England), 23-Sean Maitland (Scotland)

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FIXTURES

First Test June 22 Brisbane

Second Test June 29 Melbourne

Third Test July 6 Sydney

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HISTORY

Test meetings (since 1899): 20

Australia wins: 5

Lions wins: 15

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LAST SERIES

Australia won 2001 series 2-1

First Test (Brisbane) - Lions won 29-13

Second Test (Melbourne) - Australia won 35-14

Third Test (Sydney) - Australia won 29-23

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