Four years of waiting will reach its conclusion on Saturday when the British and Irish Lions begin their tour of South Africa in earnest.
Warren Gatland’s team open their triple-header of Tests against the Springboks at Cape Town Stadium, the same site at which they recently suffered defeat to South Africa ‘A’.
Head coach Jacques Nienaber has retained a lot of the star talent that led South Africa to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, with 11 of the same players set to start Saturday.
Can the Lions pack together and win in South Africa for the first time since 1997, or will their hosts once again prove too hot to handle on home soil?
South Africa: Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Handre Pollard, Faf De Klerk; Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane; Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Siya Kolisi (capt), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Kwagga Smith.
Reps: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Lood de Jager, Rynhardt Elstadt, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Damian Willemse
Lions: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Ali Price; Wyn Jones, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tadhg Furlong; Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (capt); Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Jack Conan.
Reps: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Hamish Watson, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Liam Williams