, 35, signed as an 18-year old from St Helens back in 1997, making his debut in April of that year.
claims the system is unfair and just a gimmick.
The champions led 10-6 at the time but could then do little as Briers
will appear for the Lions under the much-lamented dual registration system and the struggling Lions will be desperate for some Briers
magic to revive their fortunes in a campaign that has yielded just three wins.
has appeared only twice this season because of a neck injury he feared could end his 17-year professional career.
Beloved by sitcom fans and Shakespeare devotees alike, Briers
was the epitome of the English eccentric gent.
, who also starred in shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen, recently said years of smoking had been to blame for his emphysema.
, who also played a number of Shakespearean roles on screen as well as starring in hit shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles and Monarch Of The Glen, had battled a serious lung condition for many years.
starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Good Life" as Tom Good, a man who decides to quit the urban rat race for a life of self-sufficiency.
said Felicity Kendal, who played his wife Barbara in the sitcom, had "disappeared" from his life.
' film career began in the 1960s with British features including Bottoms Up, Murder She Said and The Girl On The Boat.
has decided to prolong his international career following Wales' successful 2010 campaign.