Australia team- player by player
Much of the talk ahead of the first Test has been about the Australian who won't be featuring - Quade Cooper. But even without his undoubted flair, Robbie Deans' side are packed with talent. Here's a player-by-player rundown:
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BERRICK BARNES – fullback
Size: 183cm, 87kg
Versatile playmaker who will kick Australia out of trouble from the back. Also faces a huge challenge taking on Lions sharpshooter Leigh Halfpenny in the goalkicking battle.
ISRAEL FOLAU – winger
Size: 193cm, 103kg
The league international has been an instant hit in his third football code and is a potential game-breaker despite his inexperience. Watch for his incredible footwork and power as well as his ability to outjump opponents for cross-field kicks.
ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER – centre
Size: 182cm, 98kg
Wallabies' Mr Fix-It for so long, the versatile Waratah appears to be benefitting from an extended run at outside centre in Super Rugby. Promises to be defensively solid in the mouth-watering midfield clash with Lions veteran Brian O’Driscoll.
CHRISTIAN LEALIIFANO – inside centre
Size: 179cm, 92kg
The Brumbies star can also play flyhalf and possesses the skills to steer the side around the park if necessary. Could swap roles with the inexperienced James O’Connor inside him throughout the match.
DIGBY IOANE – winger
Size: 179cm, 93kg
Consistently the Wallabies’ most dangerous player with ball in hand in recent seasons. The power-packed winger is a genuinely world class finisher but is returning from knee surgery.
JAMES O'CONNOR - five-eighth
Size: 180cm, 89kg
There are doubts about whether the inexperienced O’Connor has the composure to lead the Wallabies from flyhalf. He impressed during his previous stint as a Test flyhalf in 2011 with his direct style.
WILL GENIA – halfback
Size: 174cm, 82kg
Will Genia becomes the Wallabies lynchpin in the absence of David Pocock. The Lions defence around the fringes will want to be watertight with this man at the scrumbase.
WYCLIFF PALU - No8
Size: 194cm, 116kg
A key for the Wallabies when fit, the Waratahs back-rower has the size and power to get over the advantage line, something that coach Robbie Deans loves.
MICHAEL HOOPER - openside flanker
Size: 182cm, 101kg
The Waratahs No7 will threaten the Lions with his pace but must achieve at least parity in the breakdown battle with Sam Warburton if the Wallabies are to stand any chance. He revelled in his debut Test season in 2012 when filling in for David Pocock.
BEN MOWEN - blindside flanker
Size: 195cm, 115kg
The Brumbies captain is a no-frills player and a more than handy option at the back of the lineout.
JAMES HORWILL (captain) – lock
Size: 200cm, 117kg
An inspirational leader who is also a reassuringly tough and influential forward presence.
KANE DOUGLAS – lock
Size: 200cm, 119kg
The hard-hitting Waratah will need to be part of a huge effort from the Wallabies tight five against their uncompromising Lions rivals.
BEN ALEXANDER – prop
Size: 189cm, 117kg
Versatile Brumbies prop who loves to get his hands on the ball but has a big scrummaging assignment.
STEPHEN MOORE – hooker
Size: 186cm, 112kg
Australia's most-capped current forward is reliable, no-frills and a key figure up front. Will need to be at his very best if the Wallabies are to get at least parity in the set pieces.
BENN ROBINSON – prop
Size: 183cm, 113kg
Nicknamed 'Fat Cat', the experienced prop faces a massive scrum battle with Adam Jones.
Size: 187cm, 108kg
The Reds hooker gets his chance through injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau. The athletic Queenslander could be instrumental off the bench with his ability to play like a fourth loose forward.
Size: 185cm, 113kg
Youthful Reds prop who plays like a back-rower around the paddock and can pack both sides of the scrum.
Size: 188cm, 118kg
Top scrummager who plays both sides of the scrum but has taken time to warm up in 2013.
Size: 200cm, 115kg
An athletic second-rower who is a fine operator at lineout time.
Size: 184cm, 96kg
The Reds youngster is an openside flanker in the classic scavenging mould.
Size: 180cm, 87kg
The Melbourne Rebels No9 is a slick operator but will struggle for game time behind Genia.
Size: 185cm, 94kg
Hard-running and strong-tackling inside centre is benched with Deans preferring the wide skill-set of Lealiifano. The direct Brumbies star has overcome hamstring and knee injuries in 2013.
Size: 182cm, 89kg
Has endured a tough time off the field recently but the brilliant flyhalf/fullback has arguably the best footwork in world rugby and looms as a skilful late game-breaker.