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Wallaby Michael Hooper in training. Picture credit: Chris Hyde / GETTY IMAGES

Wallaby Michael Hooper in training. Picture credit: Chris Hyde / GETTY IMAGES

Wallaby Michael Hooper in training. Picture credit: Chris Hyde / GETTY IMAGES

AUSTRALIA openside Michael Hooper insists the Wallabies will draw inspiration from the British and Irish Lions' first defeat of their 2013 tour.

The Lions were edged 14-12 in Canberra by a Brumbies team missing eight internationals, slumping to their first loss in a provincial match since 1997.

Up until yesterday, the Lions had enjoyed a procession through their previous five tour games, leading to their odds of winning the Test series being cut.

Hooper views the setback as proof of the Lions' fallibility.

"There are definitely lessons to be learned from the Brumbies game," the 21-year-old said.

"It proves the Lions are beatable. We can take a fair bit from the way the Brumbies won because we can assume the whole Lions squad will play in a similar way.

"The Brumbies winning puts a bit of pressure on us, but that's pressure we want and can handle."

The Lions name their Test XV early tomorrow morning with the line-up set to be dominated by Wales, a team that has lost their last eight matches to Australia.

"It will be a different team on Saturday and we're expecting quite a large Welsh contingent," Hooper said. "We played them a few times last year and won, so we have come across a lot of their players.

"That familiarity with the Welsh will benefit us."


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