Code-hopper Israel Folau will be thrown into the toughest international rugby baptism imaginable against the Lions.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersSouth African captain Jean de Villiers must prove his fitness by Friday or he will be replaced by 20-year-old sensation Jan Serfontein.
IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Infiltrated at home by rich owners, and a torrent of foreign players, demanding nothing less than brute force and constant pressure, French rugby is losing its way.
Ayumu Goromaru scored all his team's points as Japan rallied to beat Canada 16-13 in the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe British and Irish Lions have received a much-needed boost after their momentum-halting loss to the Brumbies.
PAUL CULLY - Sydney Morning HeraldIsrael Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete as he starts at full back for the Wallabies against the Lions on Saturday.
IAN RANSOM - ReutersThe Brumbies' stunning upset of the British and Irish Lions team should give heart to Australia, says Jake White.
DAVID BARBELER - AAPThe Brumbies have become the first provincial team to beat the British and Irish Lions in 16 years, clinging to a 14-12 win.
Wallabies wing Digby Ioane has declared himself fit for the first test against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane.
JIM MORTON - AAPChristian Lealiifano's remarkable return from his horrific ankle injury has been one of sport's most heart-warming stories of 2013.
South Africa loose forward Arno Botha has been ruled out for the remainder of 2013 after rupturing ligaments in his left knee.
ADRIAN WARREN - AAPShane Williams says he would have told the Lions to stick their invitation if he thought for one second he wouldn't have been good enough.
Berrick Barnes rates it the biggest rugby match on earth since the 2011 World Cup final but won't mind if he watches kick-off from the bench.
Lions centre Jamie Roberts is a 'grave doubt' for Saturday's first test against Australia because of a hamstring strain.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsFrederic Michalak's pained expression summed up everything about the French touring team as they limp toward the third test.
Israel Folau will have the chance to shock the British and Irish Lions when he becomes a dual international on Saturday night.
Former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer has labeled the visitors as cheats because of illegal scrimmaging and other rule infringements.
Shane Williams has received a shock call-up to join the British and Irish Lions and will start their tour match against the Brumbies.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersSouth Africa staged a second-half comeback to record a flattering 30-17 win over a feisty Scotland in the four-nation tournament and set up a final clash with Samoa.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsTurning your back on the nation of your birth would usually be a difficult decision. Not for Noa Nakaitaci, the first Fijian to play for France.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersSamoa powered to a 39-10 win over Italy in the four-team tournament, their third successive test win against Six Nations opposition.
NICK MULVENNEY - ReutersLeigh Halfpenny contributed 30 points as the British and Irish Lions crushed the New South Wales Waratahs 47-17.
PATRICK JOHNSTON - ReutersRugby minnows Japan claimed their first win over Six Nations champions Wales after a clinical display against an inexperienced Welsh side sealed a 23-8 victory.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersIf Siya Kolisi wins his first South Africa cap, it will complete a remarkable story of a player who overcame dire poverty in the black townships of the Eastern Cape to become a symbol of the potential of sport.
Brumbies coach Jake White says it's unlikely flanker George Smith will be ready for the Wallabies' second test with the Lions.
Young Kiwi prop Richard Aho is ready to lock horns with the British and Irish Lions when he comes of the Waratahs bench tomorrow night.
CHRIS BARCLAY - © Fairfax NZ NewsKiwi Terrence Hepetema was on the brink of entering the Lions' den but a rethink by Robbie Deans has ended his dream.
MATT RICHENS - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt seems the French are more worried about their faltering scrum than any domination over the All Blacks at breakdown time.
Warren Gatland has given his team everything to play for against a belatedly beefed up New South Wales Waratahs.
Mako Vunipola's name would have featured in precious few of the many conversations about the make-up of the British and Irish Lions.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersItaly restored stalwarts Martin Castrogiovanni, Marco Bergamasco and flyhalf Luciano Orquera to the starting line-up to play Samoa in Nelspruit.
REX GOWAR - ReutersWinger Marland Yarde will make his England debut in the second test against Argentina as coach Stuart Lancaster made two changes to the team who romped to a 32-3 victory over the Pumas.
JIM MORTON - AAPUncapped Brumbies captain Ben Mowen and the reactivated Hugh McMeniman are battling for the contentious No 6 jersey in the Wallabies pack.
NICK SAID - ReutersScotland named three new caps in their starting team for their test against South Africa in Nelspruit.
ADRIAN WARREN - AAPThe British and Irish Lions clash is the ideal opportunity for the next generation of NSW Waratahs stars to emerge, says team stalwart Tom Carter.
JIM MORTON - AAPStuart Barnes has lashed James O'Connor's credentials, claiming the Wallabies will lose the first Lions test with him at No 10.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsPhilippe Saint-Andre wants his team to be more clinical this week, so it's no surprise Frederic Michalak is back at No 10.
Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will get his chance to nail down a Lions test spot against the Waratahs on Saturday night.
Dave Dennis and centre Rob Horne have been released by the Wallabies' for the Waratahs' game with the Lions.
DARREN WALTON - AAPWarren Gatland has his British and Irish Lions on selection tenterhooks nine days out from the series with Wallabies.
Tonga coach Mana Otai is facing a investigation by the IRB for his racial-based comments following his side's loss to Canada.
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika doesn't expect the Waratahs to face the Lions' big guns on Saturday.
Veteran playmaker Frederic Michalak senses confidence in the French camp but warns only perfection will do.
Tonga backs David Halaifonua and Siale Piutau and prop Edmund 'Aholelei will miss the rest of the Pacific Nations Cup after being suspended.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersSouth Africa stuck with a winning outfit for Saturday's rugby test against Scotland, making just two enforced changes to the side that beat Italy.
ED OSMOND - ReutersEngland centre Billy Twelvetrees has been called into the British and Irish Lions squad in Australia, the Lions said on their website.
Fiji scored three second-half tries to beat a Classic All Blacks selection 33-14.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsJohn Schwalger is picking France to add a dose of experience and a dollop of flair to their side for the second test.
MARK GLEESON - ReutersScotland captain Kelly Brown has become the third player in successive days forced out of their tour of South Africa.
This was exactly what French coach Philippe Saint-Andre wanted.
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