British Lions Profile

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The British and Irish Lions travel to Australia this summer in search of their first tour victory since 1997, when they defeated South Africa 2-1.

Since then, the Lions have endured a fruitless period, losing tours in Australia, New Zealand and most recently in South Africa back in 2009.

Much has changed since that tour series win in 1997, with a completely new squad and staffing setup. The longest serving player being Brian O’Driscoll who represented the Lions in both 2005 and 2009.

Wales’ coach Warren Gatland takes charge of the Lions for the first time and has stuck with a number of familiar faces from his recent Six-Nations winning side.

He’s handed Cardiff Blues flanker Sam Warburton the captain’s armband for the tour, making him the youngest ever player to do so at the age of just 24.

He is joined by a further 14 Welsh players, including a number of their young crop of players such as Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts and George North, who are all 26 or under.

The squad was completed with ten Irish players, nine from England and a further three were invited into the squad from Scotland.

The campaign kicked-off with a 59-8 victory over the Barbarians in Hong Kong at the start of June, marking the 125th anniversary of the first Lions tour.

The squad then go onto face all five Australian Super Rugby teams; Western Force, Queensland Reds, New South Wales Waratahs, Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels. They will also face a combined new South Wales/Queensland Country team in preparation for the three main test matches against Australia.

The first test match takes place on 22th June in Brisbane before the play the Melbourne Rebels. The following two decisive test games then take place on 29th June and 6th July in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Below is the latest betting odds comparison for the Lion’s upcoming matches:

Last updated: March 4, 2014