Sir Clive Woodward has named the British Lions starting line for Monday's clash with Argentina at the Millennium Stadium (kick off 7.45pm - Tickets 08705 582582).
There are a number of Irish and Welsh players named in the starting XV with Goerdan Murphy, Denis Hickie, Gordon Darcy, Shane Williams, Gareth Cooper, Shane Byrne, John Hayes, Malcolm O'Kelly, Michael Owen
Jonny Wilkinson will make his international comeback. The Newcastle Falcons fly-half has not played at the highest level since dropping the goal which won England the 2003 World Cup in Sydney's Telstra Stadium.
When he takes to the field in Cardiff it will represent a personal triumph for Wilkinson, who has been plagued by injuries since his World Cup exploits.
He was initially left out of the Lions squad due to question marks lingering over his fitness, but Wilkinson convinced Lions chief Sir Clive Woodward of his form and physical sharpness over the closing weeks of the Zurich Premiership season, resulting in his late call-up.
Wales number eight Michael Owen will skipper the Lions, with Brian O'Driscoll - who will captain the side on their summer tour of New Zealand - allowed to sit the game out.
15 MURPHY Geordan (Leicester Tigers, Ireland)
14 HICKIE Denis (Leinster, Ireland)
13 SMITH Ollie (Leicester Tigers, England)
12 D'ARCY Gordan (Leinster, Ireland)
11 WILLIAMS Shane (Ospreys, Wales)
10 WILKINSON Jonny (Vice Captain) (Newcastle Falcons, England)
9 COOPER Gareth (Dragons, Wales)
1 ROWNTREE Graham (Leicester Tigers, England)
2 BYRNE Shane (Leinster, Ireland)
3 HAYES John (Munster, Ireland)
4 O'KELLY Malcolm (Leinster, Ireland)
5 GREWCOCK Danny (Bath, England)
6 TAYLOR Simon (Edinburgh, Scotland)
7 MOODY Lewis (Leicester Tigers, England)
8 OWEN Michael (Dragons, Wales - Captain)
16 THOMPSON Steve (Northampton Saints, England)
17 WHITE Julian (Leicester Tigers, England)
18 O'CALLAGHAN Donncha (Munster, Ireland)
19 CORRY Martin (Leicester Tigers, England)
20 CUSITER Chris (Borders, Scotland)
21 O'GARA Ronan (Munster, Ireland)
22 HORGAN Shane (Leinster, Ireland)
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.