The British and Irish Lions have the luxury of being able to lose the second rugby Test to Australia and retain a chance of their first series win in 16 years. The combined team wants to get the job done tomorrow.
The British and Irish Lions included fit-again winger Tommy Bowe and scrum-half Ben Youngs among five starting changes for the second rugby Test against Australia, which made two injury-enforced alterations of its own.
British and Irish Lions lock Paul O’Connell was ruled out of the remaining two matches of the Test rugby series against Australia with a broken arm. Wallabies backs Digby Ioane and Pat McCabe are also out as the teams assess the fallout from the opening game.
The British and Irish Lions picked a prop who wasn’t in the original squad among eight Test newcomers for the combined team in its rugby series opener against Australia, which selected three rookies of its own.
The British and Irish Lions lost to provincial opposition for the first time since 1997 as their perfect rugby tour record ended with a 14-12 defeat to the ACT Brumbies four days before the series opener against Australia.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named James O’Connor as his preferred playmaker in a 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, while leaving the selection door open for the omitted Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.