Just imagine the scene. You've travelled around the world to play rugby and just spent a month in New Zealand. You arrive in Sydney and find yourself playing in front of 18,000 curious fans in your very first outing.
As the British & Irish Lions prepare to step into the unknown against the Combined New South Wales and Queensland Country XV in Newcastle on Tuesday night there is one thing that history can teach them - expect the unexpected!
The last time the British & Irish Lions faced the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, a 40-point hammering of the Super Rugby side sent out a clear message to the Qantas Wallabies ahead of the three-match Test series in 2001.
Shane Williams will become the oldest back to play for the British & Irish Lions when he makes his 15th appearance in the famous jersey after answering an emergency SOS from former Wales team mate Rob Howley.
British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he's excited about the prospect of getting the best out of his newly extended squad rather than losing sleep over the fitness of some of his big names.
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