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Lions finally ready to roar in first Test against Australia

Sam Warburton has hailed the clash at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium to be the biggest of his career. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

After a run of warm-up games, British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will finally lead his team into battle today in the first Test against Australia.

The eagerly awaited start of the three-match rugby series will kick off at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane at 11:00am (8:00pm local time).

The Lions enter the first Test as marginal favourites over their hosts, despite a final loss blemishing a previously perfect warm-up record on tour.

Up to 30,000 British fans are expected to be in the Queensland city for the match.

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Lions survive Hong Kong heat to easily beat Barbarians

The British Lions have begun their 2013 tour with a warm-up thrashing of the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
The 59-8 victory saw the tourists, who are now bound for Australia, wrack up a host of tries, including two scores for Alex Cuthbert. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
The match was interrupted at regular intervals for the teams to receive drink in the sweltering heat.

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