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Sam Warburton pleased after perfect preparation with victory ahead of Test series

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The Lions take on New South Wales Waratahs this weekend

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George North of the Lions pushes away from the defence during the match between the Queensland Reds and the British & Irish Lions

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Brian O'Driscoll, George North and Manu Tuilagi among those rested for match against New South Wales Waratahs

Simon Zebo will make his debut on Saturday in a team captained by Sam Warburton

Australia fans are eager not to be outnumbered by those supporting the Lions

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More than 50,000 of the gold-coloured safari hats have been produced

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Brian O'Driscoll to captain Lions in next match as Alex Corbisiero gets his chance

Ireland center Brian O'Driscoll will captain the injury-hit British and Irish Lions and England prop Alex Corbisiero will make his debut against a Combined Country side in Newcastle north of Sydney on Tuesday.

British and Irish Lions 2013: The ‘Welsh and Irish Lions’ are fine by Phil Vickery

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Cian Healy during his eventful outing against Western Force

British and Irish Lions 2013: Cian Healy speaks of relief after being cleared of biting - but he'll be returning home anyway

Injury rules the Ireland prop out of the rest of the tour, with Scotland's Ryan Grant called up as his replacement

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Rob Kearney a serious injury concern for tour

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Ian Bell is expected to recover from tonsillitis in time to play for England in the second Test against New Zealand

Ian Bell to recover in time to play for England in the second Test against New Zealand

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