The British and Irish Lions will look to seal a series victory over South Africa on Saturday as the two teams face off for a final time in Cape Town playing for all the marbles
But the 80 minutes separating the tourists from potential triumph over the reigning world champions will be among the most important they play in their careers.
The Lions have won in only four of their previous 13 visits to South Africa, the most recent of which came in 1997 when four among the current squad were yet to even be born.
England star Tom Curry is the only one among that quartet who will be involved at Cape Town Stadium, keeping his place in a back row that’s stayed the same across the three Tests.
Warren Gatland has been more experimental elsewhere and made six changes to his XV for the decider, with the Welsh duo of Josh Adams and Liam Williams moving to wing and full-back, respectively.
There’s also been significant change to the front row as two more Wales internationals, Wyn Jones and Ken Owens, replace Mako Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie at loosehead prop and hooker.
England captain Owen Farrell has also dropped out of the squad at the expense of Finn Russell, who is targeting a Test debut off the bench alongside No. 8 Sam Simmonds and lock Adam Beard.
South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has shown more consistency by sticking with largely the same side this week, with Faf de Klerk and Pieter-Steph du Toit dropping out only due to injuries.
Cobus Reinach and Lood de Jager will be their respective replacements in the team, although the latter will come into the second row while Franco Mostert makes the move to openside flanker.
Springboks director Rassie Erasmus has taken a notable backseat from the media warfare this week after his hour-long video address between the first two Tests caused a major stir.
South Africa’s all-time record try-scorer, Bryan Habana, said those comments had a “massive impact” on a second Test that dragged on for more than two hours due to TMO stoppages.
Fans can only hope the rugby takes centre stage in the decider and that refereeing controversy doesn’t dictate the narrative when (or if) a winner emerges.
This is the third time in as many tours as head coach that Gatland will lead the Lions into a third Test where either team could take the series.
His side stormed to victory over the Wallabies when they toured Australia in 2013, while a 15-15 draw in their rubber match with New Zealand four years ago led to a tied series.
Gatland is the only Lions coach to have drawn a series since the Lions changed to a three-Test format in 1989, and he’s said this week he’d support extra time to avoid a repeat of their 2017 tie.
Despite a number of new faces making their series bows on Saturday, nine Lions will end this summer’s tour without earning a Test cap.
Those individuals losses will mean little if the northern hemisphere visitors get the result they need to clinch a rare series win in South Africa, however, as the triple-header comes to a close in Cape Town.
What are the teams?
Lions: Liam Williams; Josh Adams, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Ali Price; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tadhg Furlong; Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (capt); Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Jack Conan.
Reps: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler, Adam Beard, Sam Simmonds, Conor Murray, Finn Russell, Elliot Daly
South Africa: Willie le Roux, Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach; Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager; Siya Kolisi (capt), Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese.
Reps: Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Morne Steyn, Damian Willemse
How to watch South Africa vs Lions third Test?
Viewers can tune into the build-up ahead of the final fixture on Sky Sports Action from 3.30pm, with the game set to get underway at 5pm.
Saturday’s deciding Test will also be available to live stream via the Sky Go app.
What are the odds?
South Africa – 11/10
Draw – 22/1
British and Irish Lions – 6/4
Outright series winner
South Africa – 6/4
Draw – 25/1
British and Irish Lions – 11/13