Australia vs British and Irish Lions: Third Test Match Preview and Live Streaming

Match preview and details of where to watch a live stream of the final Test match.

Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

When: 11.00 (BST)

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The British and Irish Lions are banking on a successful Welsh formula as they strive to pull off their first Test series win in 16 years against the Wallabies on Saturday.

With the series tied at 1-1 after two pulsating encounters, head coach Warren Gatland has taken the controversial decision to drop Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll and reunite crack centre pair Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts among a record-equalling 10-strong Welsh representation in the starting side.

But while O’Driscoll, 34, was dumped from a side he was expected to captain, in a contrasting move Australia have recalled George Smith, a veteran with 110 Test caps after four years in the international wilderness.

Davies and Roberts are among a sizeable contingent of Welsh players from this year’s Six Nations championship-winning team in the Sydney starting line-up for the tourists, with an 11th on the bench, in a team captained by Welsh lock Alun Wyn Jones for the first time.

The last time Wales had 10 men in a Lions team was the first Test against Australia in Brisbane in 1950, which the Lions won 19-6.

Australia coach Robbie Deans believes the Wallabies have saved their best for last following a come-from-behind 16-15 win over the Lions in last weekend’s gruelling second Test in Melbourne to level the series after the tourists won the Brisbane opener 23-21.

He has gambled by selecting 32-year-old openside flanker Smith , without a match for six weeks following a hamstring injury, and relegating number seven Michael Hooper to the replacements bench for the Wallabies’ most important match since the 2003 World Cup final with England.


Australia – Kurtley Beale; Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane; James O’Connor, Will Genia; Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Ben Mowen; James Horwill (capt), Kane Douglas; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson.

Replacements: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Nick Phipps, Jesse Mogg.

British and Irish Lions – Leigh Halfpenny; Tommy Bowe, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Jonathan Sexton, Mike Phillips ; Toby Faletau, Sean O’Brien, Dan Lydiate; Geoff Parling, Alun Wyn Jones (capt); Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard, Alex Corbisiero.

Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Richie Gray, Justin Tipuric, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi.

Referee: Romain Poite (FRA)