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Barbarians v British Lions - Lions may be without skipper Sam Warburton

British and Irish Lions rugby team player and captain Sam Warburton (left) talks to Wales head coach Warren Gatland. (LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)
The British & Irish Lions are odds-on favourites to open up their tour with a win over Barbarians on Saturday, although they may be without their captain.

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The British & Irish Lions start their 2013 Tour in Hong Kong with a game against the Barbarians and many believe it will be nothing more than a training session victory.

Warren Gatland’s men are the 1/7 odds-on favourites to take the win with Bet365, while the Barbarians are on offer at 9/2 with the draw available at 33/1.

Gatland does have one major worry ahead of the Tour opener with the news that skipper Sam Warburton is a doubt after picking up a knock.

The Wales flanker missed Wednesday’s training session and Gatland may not risk him and give him as much time as possible to 100% fit.

Gatland will announce his first line-up of the tour early on Thursday morning and we will have full details of that team for you here.

The handicap market for this game sees the Barbarians handed a 13 point head start at a price of 10/11 with Paddy Power, while the Lions -12 is on offer at the same price with Bet365.

Sky Bet are offering odds of 7/2 that the Barbarians will be the first team to defeat the Lions on this Tour while Australia in the first Test is a 3/1 shot.


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Barbarians v British Lions - Lions may be without skipper Sam Warburton

The British & Irish Lions are odds-on favourites to open up their tour with a win over Barbarians on Saturday, although they may be without their captain.

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