Former World Cup winner Matt Dawson thinks the British and Irish Lions will triumph over Australia in the upcoming Test series.

The Lions face Australia in the first Test on Saturday and are favourites despite having not won the Test series since 1997.

But Dawson, who was part of the winning Lions squad in 1997, believes they will beat Australia for their first Test series win for 16 years. However, he insists that Australia are a better side than many people suggest and that the Test will be a close one. 

"Their Super 15 has been going well, and it's Lions time so it doesn't matter who Australia play, they will be difficult to beat. I still fancy the Lions, but I don't think the Aussies will be quite as weak as everybody is making out at the minute," he told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview.

"Lions 2-1 will do me all days long," he added.

Dawson toured with the Lions in 1997, 2001 and 2005 making seven appearances. He also won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003 and has played 77 times for his country, making him the England's most capped scrum half.

The Lions have been preparing well for their first Test on Saturday. They have recorded five victories in their five warm-up matches so far. Despite this state, many of their opponents have been below-par resulting in convincing wins.

They will play their last warm-up match against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra tomorrow before their first Test against Australia in Brisbane this weekend.

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