Day of all-out action
Southern Hemisphere supremacy will be under attack today as world champions South Africa meet the British Lions and Australia take on France. To add a further twist to a day of top-shelf action, New Zealand host Argentina.
After a month of provincial games, of comparisons, predictions and endless speculation, the quality of the 1997 British Lions will finally be exposed as they take on the Springboks in a boiling atmosphere in the first Test at Newlands.
In Sydney, Australia, with Tim Horan playing the unfamiliar role of fly-half, will try to match French flair.
And in Wellington, powerful New Zealand will be determined to show why they are regarded as the best team in the world at the moment against the unpredictable Pumas.