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Hansen critical of Lions' late arrival in New Zealand

Hansen critical of Lions' late arrival in New Zealand

Rob Andrew: "Rugby's just everywhere in New Zealand, they hate losing to anybody anywhere in the world, but particularly at home".

Although the All Blacks played their first official Test match in 1903, the crest features the years 1904 and 2017.

England playmaker Owen Farrell thinks the British & Irish Lions have a squad capable of taking on any team in the world and head to New Zealand on Monday believing they can beat the All Blacks in the three-test series.

The world champions have since taken on all comers, proving to be simply too good for their rivals and firmly establishing themselves as the best side on the planet. In terms of preparation for the Test series, it could hardly be a tougher build-up but the Lions may well prefer it that way with the All Blacks looming.

There are 20 riders from the United Kingdom and 20 riders from New Zealand and all riders are expected to raise funds for the charity. They lost the series 2-1, but then gained a 2-1, 1997 triumph in South Africa.

"If majority are not playing, what's stopping them getting on a plane now with most of the squad, for example?"

The predicted strengths of the Lions - defensive intelligence, kicking and chasing class, maul power, lineout decision-making, scrum aggression, and bloody-minded determination - should balance out some of New Zealand's strengths. Do that, then the pressure goes right back on Steve Hansen's team and no matter how good they are, no one builds pressure like an expectant New Zealand public.

The New Zealand tour, he said, was "the ultimate challenge".

For a 9-year-old like myself having an global side in your part of the New Zealand was very exciting and that Lions side contained so many players that would become legends of the game. Nowadays at the elite level, tours are just test matches.

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"I said to those guys when they decided to choose a departure that we're not here to bite off nose despite our face".

"They can learn tactically from the way Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago a year ago when they complemented a really strong set-piece with a driving maul". You want to win on the tour, and you know you have got to pull together as quickly as possible.

It will be the last chance for players to impress Hansen before he names a 33-man squad next week.

"We've all been out for food a couple of times, had coffees, catching up with people we've met before and trying to get to know each other".

"It was not something that daunted you, but challenged you".

"You just leave it out there and everyone gives what they've got", added Moore, sticking pins in what seemed like a rather lanky, headgear-wearing doll.

The days are long gone when the Lions tramped around small provincial towns to be greeted nearly as beings from another planet by locals who would only have otherwise seen glimpses of them on newsreels.

"We will talk to the clubs; as long as we can get that understanding with the clubs in the autumn that they have had a proper rest and regeneration", said Jones.


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