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Barbarians vs British & Irish Lions Live Streaming 2013
Barbarians vs British & Irish Lions
Saturday 1st June 2013, KO 19:30
Hong Kong Stadium
The British and Irish Lions will play Barbarians at the Hong Kong Stadium on the 1 June 2013 to kickoff their 125th Anniversary Tour to Australia.
This debut match at Hong Kong will be one of the most anticipated sports events on the rugby calendar in 2013.
The British and Irish Lions are a rugby team composed of international players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who tour against Southern Hemisphere sides primarily of South African, Australian and New Zealand opposition, though Lions have also toured against Canada, Fiji.
While the ‘British Lions’ moniker was only formally adopted on the 1950 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the name had been used by journalists since the 1924 tour of South Africa, and combined representative teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales first toured in 1888. The British and Irish Lions originally played in a predominantly blue strip, but changed to a red and white strip for the 1950 tour of New Zealand. Irish forward Willie remains the British and Irish Lions’ most-capped player, making 17 Test appearances.
The British and Irish Lions’ most recent tour was of South Africa in 2009, when the Lions lost a three-Test series against the Springboks 2-1 under the guidance of Scottish coach Ian McGeechan after narrowly losing the opening two matches 26-21 and 28-25. Following a highly successful 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign as coach Wales, Warren Gatland will coach the British and Irish on their 2013 tour.
In 2013 the British and Irish Lions will tour Australia with the centrepiece being three Test matches against the Wallabies. On April 30 coach Warren Gatland named a 37-man squad for the Australian tour, with Welsh forward Sam Warburton being named captain.
The last time the British and Irish Lions met the Wallabies was in 2001 when a highly fancied Lions team led by Sir Clive Woodward and captained by Martin Johnson lost the series 2-1. The Wallabies overturned a 1-0 series to win 2-1 in what would be coach Rod Macqueen’s final Test series as Wallabies coach.
Following wins over England, Wales as well as Italy on their 2012 Spring Tour, the Wallabies will confident of denying the British and Irish Lions their first series victory in Australia since 1989.
Ireland’s Paul O’Connell has been named as the British and Irish Lions captain for Saturday’s tour opener against the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium.
O’Connell, the 2009 Lions tour skipper in South Africa, takes over from flanker Sam Warburton, who rests a knee injury.
The team contains nine Welshmen, including the entire back-row of Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau.
The match-day 23 features 17 players who are on their first Lions tour.
Saturday 1 June 2013 will see two of the most iconic brands in world rugby serve up a showpiece XV-a-side match that you wont want to miss. HKRFU is proud to host this fixture on behalf of the organisers, The British & Irish Lions, and we wanted to give you just a feel for what to expect.
The British & Irish Lions
A combined team of the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Only convening every four years, playing for this team is regarded as being a career pinnacle by players who have been lucky enough to be selected.
Notable players include: Martin Johnson & Jeremy Guscott (Eng), Keith Wood & Willie-John McBride (Ire), Ian McGeechan & Gavin Hastings (Sco), Gareth Edwards & Gethin Jenkins (Wal).
Undoubtedly the world’s most famous invitation side. Formed in 1880, the Club selects the best of the best to provide the unique opportunity to play together rather than against each other as they take on top ranked national teams from around the world.
This selection policy results in a flamboyant style of play and very entertaining matches. The best example being probably the most celebrated try ever scored in their match against New Zealand .
Notable players include: Francois Pienaar & Brian Habana (SA), Jonah Lomu & Ritchie McCaw (NZ), Will Genia & Michael Lynagh (Aus), Serge Blanco (Fr), Will Greenwood (Eng), Brian O’Driscoll (Ire), Martyn Williams (Wal) to name just a few.
British and Irish Lions team to face the Barbarians in Hong Kong:
S Hogg (Scotland); A Cuthbert (Wales), J Davies (Wales), J Roberts (Wales), S Maitland (Scotland); O Farrell (England), M Phillips (Wales); M Vunipola (England), R Hibbard (Wales), A Jones (Wales), R Gray (Scotland), P O’Connell (Ireland, capt), D Lydiate (Wales), J Tipuric (Wales), T Faletau (Wales). Replacements: T Youngs (England), C Healy (Ireland), M Stevens (England), A W Jones (Wales), J Heaslip (Ireland), C Murray (Ireland), J Sexton (Ireland), G North (Wales).
Barbarians (15-1): Jared Payne (Ulster/NZL); Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne/NZL), Elliot Daly (London Wasps/ENG), Casey Laulala (Munster/NZL), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique/USA); Nick Evans (Harlequins/NZL), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique/FRA); Sergio Parisse (capt, Stade Francais/ITA), Sam Jones (London Wasps/ENG), Samu Manoa (Northampton/USA); Dean Mumm (Exeter Chiefs/AUS), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps/RSA); Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester/ITA), Schalk Brits (Saracens/RSA), Paul James (Bath/WAL). Res: Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso/ITA), Duncan Jones (Ospreys/WAL), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro 92/ITA), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester/SCO), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique/FRA), Kahn Fotuali’i (Ospreys/SAM), James Hook (Perpignan/WAL), Mike Tindall (Gloucester/ENG).