Here we go – the one we’ve all been waiting for!
The Lions have picked a strong side – some say it may even be their shadow test team. Certainly in the centres, the pairing of Welshman Jamie Roberts and the BoD will look to recapture the devastating form that led to a total annihilation of the Golden Lions a week ago.
The Sharks are severely weakened, but have nevertheless managed to name a side that boasts a formiddable tight 5, handy loose trio and a backline with a few experienced heads. Will they be able to pull off a suprise upset?
The Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Andries Strauss, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (captain), 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Guy Cronjé, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.
British & Irish Lions: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Shane Williams, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Luke Fitzgerald , 10 Ronan O’Gara, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Paul O’Connell (captain), 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Lee Mears, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Phil Vickery, 18 Simon Shaw, 19 Joe Worsley, 20 Mike Blair, 21 Riki Flutey, 22 James Hook.
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Expected weather: Mostly clear skies and mild. High 24°C, low 15°C. Wind 35km/h
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referee: Wayne Barnes (England), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)