CHRIS DUTTON The ACT Brumbies have raised Australian hopes on the eve of the Test series against the British and Irish Lions with an historic victory at Canberra Stadium.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE The siren sounded as they sat in a hotel room anxiously watching their Brumbies teammates desperately holding on to a narrow lead against the British and Irish Lions - Gregan, Smith, Larkham, Roff; it was an honour roll of Wallabies greats.
CHRIS DUTTON A logistics nightmare surrounding the British and Irish Lions match has prompted fresh calls for an undercover stadium in Canberra to ensure the capital can attract blockbuster events.
CHRIS DUTTON 8:14am The ACT Brumbies have crushed the British and Irish Lions' confidence on the eve a Test series with a historic victory at Canberra Stadium.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE 6:11pm Join us for full, live coverage as the Brumbies take on Warren Gatland's British and Irish Lions in Canberra. Kick-off is at 7.40pm.
5:42pm Brumbies coach Jake White believes the British and Irish Lions ''will crumble'' if they are beaten in the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
PHIL LUTTON Dull, dreary and obsessed with the set piece ... northern hemisphere sides generally come to Australian shores with a reputation for keeping it deathly simple on the rugby field.
PHIL LUTTON He's been credited with having magical healing powers and they may have just worked again, with Digby Ioane declaring himself fit and available for the Wallabies as they host the British and Irish Lions on Saturday night.
David Polkinghorne, Chris Wilson An aggressive Brumbies side helped set the tone for Australia's only series victory against the British and Irish Lions 12 years ago, and Wallabies great Joe Roff says the ACT side are capable of halting the Lions' momentum again before Saturday's opening Test in Brisbane.
RUPERT GUINNESS When Shane Williams took the call that would suddenly reopen his British and Irish Lions dossier, the thought crossed the 36-year-old Welsh winger's mind that it might just be a stitch-up.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Matt Toomua and Jesse Mogg face an 80-minute audition for international level.
David Polkinghorne, Chris Wilson Wallabies great Joe Roff says the ACT Brumbies are capable of halting the Lions' momentum again ahead of Saturday's opening Test in Brisbane.
PHIL LUTTON Christian Lealiifano is reminded daily of the two things that have caused the most pain in his life. He bears the scars of one, the mark of another. Both remain a constant ache for the Wallabies hopeful.
Brumbies coach Jake White says Jesse Mogg and Matt Toomua will find out if they're up to Test level when his side sticks to their tried and tested gameplan against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.
PHIL LUTTON Liam Gill was a wide-eyed nine-year-old living in Portland, Oregon, the last time the British and Irish Lions toured Australia.
PHIL LUTTON Wallabies utility Berrick Barnes says anticipation levels within the Australian squad have reached World Cup status as the countdown to the first Test against the British and Irish Lions begins in earnest.
PHIL LUTTON Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has lauded the big-match credentials of Israel Folau, giving the strongest indication yet the league and AFL convert will be wearing a Wallabies jumper on Saturday night.
GEORGINA ROBINSON In the space of three weeks, Tom Carter was relegated to Shute Shield duties, captained NSW to victory against the Force and scored two tries against the British and Irish Lions in front of the largest home crowd the Waratahs have had in many years.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Dan Palmer is a notable omission from the Brumbies side named to face the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Jake White has questioned why his table-topping team wasn't given a Saturday-night game against the Lions.
JOHN EALES Joel Goldberg, a former psychological and recruitment assessor for the New York Giants and New Jersey Nets, maintains that among the most important assessable attributes of an athlete are fast feet and a fast brain. When theWallabies confront the Lions in the three-Test series startingin Brisbane on Saturday, they must contend with both.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Robbie Deans will be observing the unfolding injury crisis in the British and Irish Lions camp with a small but knowing smile.
Former World Player of the Year Shane Williams has answered an SOS call from Warren Gatland to be a shock inclusion in the British and Irish Lions line-up to face the Brumbies in Canberra on Tuesday night.
Will Greenwood The Lions are entering a pressure zone like no other, writes former England World Cup-winning centre Will Greenwood.
CHRIS DUTTON The coach of Super Rugby's table-topping side also predicts the Lions will struggle if they lose the looming first Test, writes Chris Dutton.
Tim Barlass What's the collective noun for the fans of the Lions rugby tour? A pride perhaps?
RUPERT GUINNESS A little after 6pm on Wednesday, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans sat with Dave Dennis in the foyer of the team's hotel at Pelican Waters, near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
STEPHEN SAMUELSON The raw slabs of red meat are warming up. Much has been said about how undercooked the British and Irish Lions are with the first Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane just a week away, but they need not worry.