Thursday 22 March 2018

Australia v The Lions- the match facts

Tomorrow night's game is one of the biggest rivalries in world rugby. Here are some of the key stats from the game

* The teams have met on 22 occasions - the Lions lead the series 16-6.

* The current Test series between Australia and the Lions is the third in a row between the teams that has gone to a deciding game, emulating the 1989 and 2001 tours.

* The Lions have not won a Test series since they beat South Africa 2-1 in 1997.

* Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones will captain the Lions for the first time in a Test match tomorrow.

* Jones is joined by five colleagues - Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies, George North, Jonathan Sexton and Adam Jones - as the only Lions to start all three 2013 Tests against Australia.

* Halfpenny needs 13 points tomorrow to equal Neil Jenkins' record of 41 in a Lions series, which he achieved 16 years ago.

* Jones will be the seventh different player named to captain a Lions team on the current tour, following Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll, Sam Warburton, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate and Rory Best.

* Four of Australia's six wins against the Lions have been achieved in Sydney, venue for tomorrow's encounter.

* Australia flanker George Smith will return to international rugby tomorrow almost four years after he last played in a Test match.

* Other than New Zealand, only two teams have beaten Australia at Sydney's ANZ Stadium - England and Samoa.

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