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British Rugby Fans Warm Up For Final Test Match

posted 5 Jul 2013, 06:00 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Jul 2013, 06:00 ]

British and Irish Lions fans descend on Sydney ahead of the final and decisive rugby union test against the Wallabies.

SYDNEYAUSTRALIA (JULY 5, 2013) (NINE NETWORK) -  A sea of rowdy red-shirted Britons crowded Sydney's bars on Friday (July 5) ahead of the deciding rugby union test match featuring the British and Irish Lions against the Australian Wallabies at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday (July 6).

The series stands at one win each, with the Lions shading the opening test inBrisbane two weeks ago, only for the Wallabies to win last week's match inMelbourne by a single point.

"I've had a great tour. Really enjoyed myself in Australia. Came for the first test inBrisbane, which was really good and just looking forward to Saturday," said Chris Turner from Bath in England.

Londoner Barry Field told Reuters he thinks coach Warren Gatland has changed tactics from the defeat in Melbourne by going for a more powerful pack.

"In the last game we didn't look like a great attacking force, so I think he's probably figuring out, if we can't go around Wallabies, we'll go through the middle of them," he said.

Gatland's decision to drop Irishman Brian O'Driscoll from the final test has clearly left some fans stunned.

"Oh, don't start me there, my goodness, O'Driscoll being dropped. I'm not sure what Gatland's thinking about. But, that's it Davies is having a great tour as well so hopefully it's going to be a good combination. Big impact players. Worried about the back row as well, Warburton's not there. But, George Smith is in the line-up forAustralia, so, there's going to be a lot of interest in play going on around the fringes, but I'm looking forward to the game, it's going to be great," said Glenn Smith from Northern Island.

The Lions tour has brought in roughly 30,000 people from the UK who have generated up to an estimated A$150 million for the national economy.