The official website rounds up the latest from the Lions camp after Saturday's second test defeat to New Zealand.
Leicester prop Graham Rowntree has been drafted into the British and Irish Lions' midweek side to face Auckland on Tuesday. The 34-year-old takes the place of Sale's Andrew Sheridan, who aggravated an injury to his left fibula suffered earlier in the year after training.
Meanwhile Scottish forward Jason White will make his Lions tour debut in Tuesday's match. White, who flew out last week as an injury replacement, features in the back row alongside Welsh pair Martyn Williams and Michael Owen.
Williams is among four players in the Lions 22 thrashed 48-18 by the All Blacks on Saturday involved in the trip's final midweek encounter.
He is joined by scrum-half Matt Dawson, who starts, together with bench men Martin Corry and Shane Horgan.
The side to face Auckland suggests that Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward is unlikely to tinker with his Test team for next weekend's third and final game, although injuries to Jonny Wilkinson and Gavin Henson could yet force his hand.
Scotland hooker Gordon Bulloch, who has been unlucky to miss out on Test recognition, will again captain the midweek team.
Lions: G Murphy (Leicester and Ireland); M Cueto (Sale Sharks and England), W Greenwood (Harlequins and England), G D'Arcy (Leinster and Ireland), D Hickie (Leinster and Ireland); C Hodgson (Sale Sharks and England), M Dawson (Wasps and England); G Rowntree (Leicester and England), G Bulloch (Glasgow and Scotland, captain), J Hayes (Munster and Ireland), S Shaw (Wasps and England), B Kay (Leicester and England), J White (Sale Sharks and Scotland), M Williams (Cardiff Blues and Wales), M Owen (Newport Gwent Dragons and Wales).
Replacements: A Titterrell (Sale Sharks and England), M Stevens (Bath and England), B Cockbain (Neath-Swansea Ospreys and Wales), M Corry (Leicester and England), C Cusiter (Borders and Scotland), R O'Gara (Munster and Ireland), S Horgan (Leinster and Ireland).
Brian O'Driscoll has admitted the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand was "a lost opportunity".
Injured captain O'Driscoll conceded that the 11-match trip will be remembered for a lost Test series, which went New Zealand's way in emphatic fashion following a 48-18 triumph at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
O'Driscoll watched it from the sidelines with his dislocated shoulder in a sling. He is due to undergo surgery after arriving home next week.
"It is a lost opportunity, because whenever you get picked for the Lions, you are expected to go down and win Test series, whether it is against New Zealand, Australia or South Africa," he said.
"Tours are always judged on their success, and this one will go down as a disappointment, but I have felt that on my previous (Lions) experience four years ago, the enjoyment factor of this tour has been far more significant than then.
"But it is all about winning in the end, and you just have to accept it.
"I don't think we probably clicked as we would have anticipated, which is disappointing and frustrating.
"My over-riding disappointment is not getting the opportunity to play more than 45 seconds in the Test series, which is what you go on Lions tours for, to play the Test matches, and not to get the opportunity is a disappointment, whether you win or lose."
O'Driscoll also paid tribute to the All Blacks, who will complete a first Test series whitewash of the Lions by any team for 22 years if they win Saturday's Auckland finale.
"When you look at the clinical way in which the All Blacks played, I don't think any side in the world playing well would have been able to live with them," he added.
"Comparing it to (the Lions tour) four years ago, they are certainly a more difficult side to beat than Australia were."
Gareth Thomas, O'Driscoll's successor as skipper, insists there is unfinished business next weekend, despite the £9million tour now being declared officially bankrupt.
A week after their first Test calamity, the Lions at least played with some passion and purpose in Wellington, but hopes of taking a one-sided series into a decider were smashed beyond repair.
All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter was their destroyer, amassing a New Zealand record 33 points against the Lions, although together with centre Aaron Mauger, he now misses the Auckland clash through injury.
It was the most number of points ever conceded in a Test match by any Lions team, stretching back 114 years, and their second-heaviest defeat following a 38-6 All Blacks thumping in 1983.
Thomas though, is adamant his players' thoughts are not on the flight home, declaring: "We are going to approach next Saturday as if it was a Test match to win the series.
"At the end of the day, we can't just go out there because the series has been lost, put on a Lions jersey and just go through the 80 minutes because the series is over.
"There is so much history and so much behind the Lions jersey. This is the pinnacle of our careers, and for us to just go out and accept another loss because we can't win the series would be a disgrace to the jersey."
Jonny Wilkinson, meanwhile, looks certain to miss the third Test after suffering another "stinger" injury in his shoulder/neck area. He went off midway through the second-half in Wellington.
It is the latest blow to affect Wilkinson, whose post-World Cup career has been seriously disrupted by repeated fitness setbacks.
Wilkinson's recent injury history suggests that he could be sidelined for a considerable length of time, and questions will once again be raised about his long-term rugby prospects.
He currently appears a poor imitation of the player who guided England to global supremacy, and was completely overshadowed by Carter's masterclass.
The so-called "stinger," which causes numbness in his arm, threatens more gloom for Wilkinson, and Woodward will now rely on either Stephen Jones or Charlie Hodgson to fill the Test number 10 jersey.
The Lions' midweek combination on Monday finalised preparations before facing Auckland at Eden Park on Tuesday, hoping to preserve a 100% record following victories over Taranaki, Wellington, Southland and Manawatu.
But they will have their hands full, after Auckland coach Pat Lam named a side including All Blacks Joe Rokocoko, Sam Tuitupou, Steve Devine and Brad Mika.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.