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)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).