British and Irish Lions vs. Australia: 5 Key Battles to Watch in the 1st Test

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British and Irish Lions vs. Australia: 5 Key Battles to Watch in the 1st Test
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The speculating is finished, the talking is done and on Saturday night in Brisbane the British and Irish Lions will meet Australia in the first of a three test series.

The Lions will be looking to end a run of defeats against the Southern Hemisphere nations that goes all the way back to 1997, while Australia will be looking to repeat their 2001 success.

Both teams have named the sides that many expected they would, but with a surprise or two in both lineups.

The Lions team is very close to the unit that took on the Waratahs a week ago, while Australia have handed out three debuts in a side trying to overcome injuries to key men.

It should be a rip-roaring affair in Brisbane, with both sides knowing that while you can't win a series in the first test, you can certainly lose one.

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