Gareth Thomas will go into Saturday's game in Wellington as the ninth Welshman to Captain a Lions Test team on tour and the first since Phil Bennett in the four matches in New Zealand in 1977.
John Dawes was skipper in all four Tests in New Zealand in 1971 and David Watkins was in charge of two of the four Tests in the same country in 1966. Cliff Morgan led the Lions in the third of four Tests in South Africa in 1955 and Bleddyn Williams skippered the tourists in two Tests in New Zealand and one in Australia in 1950.
Jack Jones was captain for the first Test in South Africa in 1910 and Alf 'Boxer' Harding was in charge for all three Tests in New Zealand in 1908. Teddy Morgan took over for the second and third Tests in Australia and the first Test played in New Zealand in 1904.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.