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Lions Enjoy Swimming Session At City Beach (PICTURES)

03/06/2013 15:39 BST
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03: A wave crashes over George North during the British and Irish Lions swimming session at City Beach on June 3, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The British and Irish Lions recovered from their weekend opener against the Barbarians with a refreshing swimming session at City Beach in Perth.

After thrashing the Barbarians 59-8 in Hong Kong, the Lions touched down in Australia as preparations continue ahead of the three-Test series against the Wallabies.

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney however is battling to save his tour after coach Warren Gatlend confirmed his hamstring injury is a grade one tear following scans in Hong Kong.

Kearney's Ireland and Leinster colleague Brian O'Driscoll will captain the Lions in Wednesday's first Australia tour match against Western Force.

O'Driscoll, the 2005 Lions tour captain in New Zealand whose trip was cruelly cut short when he was spear-tackled out of the first Test, leads a powerful side containing eight Irishmen, four Welsh and three English.

Starting XV to face Western Force:

Leigh Halfpenny, Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Manu Tuilagi, George North, Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Dan Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Tom Croft, Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip