We have been counting down the days for ages now and finally we have reached zero. The Lions are here and they mean business.
The Lions have named a very strong team that with a tweak here and there could for all intents and purposes be the test side to face the Springboks on 20 June in Durban.
The Royal XV is a bit of a patchwork side made up of Leopards, Griquas and Pumas. There are a few names with S14 experience amongst them, but with the limited time they have spent together and the quality of the opposition we can expect them to spend most of the afternoon putting in tackle practice.
The Lions last tour may have been 12 years ago but expect similar results for the non-test matches. The 1997 British Lions walked away with only one loss from the 10 non-test matches played.
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Kick-off: 15:00 Local time
Referee: Marius Jonker
ARs: Jaco Peyper, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
British & Irish Lions:
15 Lee Byrne, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Ronan O’Gara, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Andy Powell, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Paul O’Connell (captain), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Andrew Sheridan
16 Lee Mears, 17 Phil Vickery, 18 Alun-Wyn Jones, 19 Stephen Ferris, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Stephen Jones, 22 Riki Flutey
15 Russell Jeacocks, 14 Egon Seconds, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Hanno Coetzee, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokuena, 7 Devon Raubenheimer, 6 Wilhelm Koch (captain), 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Albertus Buckle.
16 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17 Stef Roberts, 18 Rynard Landman, 19 RW Kember, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Riaan Viljoen, 22 Jovan Bowles.