Warren Gatland has picked a team many would have expected him to pick. With 8 Welsh players and Sam Warburton captaining them, Gatland has gone with the people he knows and trusts – who happen to also be the current 6 Nations champions.
They come against an Australia starting XV missing the likes of Kurtley Beale (on the bench) and Quade Cooper (not picked), and who have picked three debutants: Israel Falou, Christian Lealiifano, and Ben Mowen.
Lions: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Brian O’Driscoll, Jonathan Davies, George North, Jonathan Sexton, Mike Phillips; Alex Corbisiero, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Tom Croft, Sam Warburton, Jamie Heaslip.
Reserves: Richard Hibbard, Makovina Vunipola, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Sean Maitland.