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Gareth Ellis is set to make his first Test appearance this weekend after being called into the Great Britain squad for the third Ashes clash against Australia.
The versatile Wakefield player earns his place on the bench after Bradford prop Paul Anderson was ruled out of the game at Huddersfield's McAlpine Stadium with a foot injury.
The Lions are already without injured Leeds duo Gary Connolly and Keith Senior.
St Helens pairing Martin Gleeson and Lee Gilmour take over in the centres as Britain attempt to prevent the Kangaroos winning the Think! Road Safety Series 3-0.
Loose forward Mike Forshaw has been restored to the starting line-up for his farewell match, with Barrie McDermott dropping to the bench and Adrian Morley moving up into the front row.
"It's something you dream about when you are a kid," said the 22-year-old Ellis. "It's the pinnacle to play for your country."
Lions head coach David Waite insisted Ellis deserved his call-up.
"It is reward for what he's done over the last few years and also his attitude and flexibility," said Waite.
"It's now up to Gareth to play well in his first Test match."
Lions skipper Andy Farrell was in upbeat mood following the team announcement on Thursday.
"We've saved our best training session until today," he said. "It was our last training session before the Test and it shows everyone is up for the game."
The RFL have announced that all 24,700 tickets have been sold for the Test despite Australia's unassailable 2-0 lead. --------------------------------------- Great Britain: Radlinski (Wigan); Carney (Wigan), Gleeson (St Helens), Gilmour (Bradford), Horne (Hull); Sculthorpe (St Helens), Deacon (Bradford); Fielden (Bradford), Newton (Wigan), Morley (Sydney), Peacock (Bradford), Farrell (Wigan, capt), Forshaw (Bradford). Subs: Sinfield (Leeds), Long (St Helens), McDermott (Leeds), Ellis (Wakefield).