Lions hope to use Irish lessons to hurt All Blacks

David Flatman Richard Hill and Tom Shanklin made up the panel of rugby legends

David Flatman Richard Hill and Tom Shanklin made up the panel of rugby legends

Cape Town - British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will not reveal his list of standby players for their upcoming tour of New Zealand.

"I find it interesting that people think we've picked a big side that's going to try and go out there and try to." he said.

"Other guys are away in other competitions, which is great, because we want them on the plane going to New Zealand battle-hardened, playing in finals, preferably".

"The amusing thing it whenever anyone asks me about the last Tour, they always ask me about those two moments; the try in the first Test and picking up Israel Folau. The idea was to finish in the top six, but now we've got a one-off game in Paris against Stade Francais to keep our chances alive", said Wilson. And have had to learn to deal with.

Super fan Stuart Broad was forced to face the trio and asked to give an impassioned speech
Super fan Stuart Broad was forced to face the trio and asked to give an impassioned speech

"I'm sure Gatland will come with his own style and way of wanting to play the game and that will not be the same as Joe Schmidt".

Wales coach Gatland named a 41-man squad, but Hansen expressed surprise at England captain Dylan Hartley's omission, suggesting the Lions boss may have favoured players he more is familiar with. On the 2005 tour, which was planned with military precision, the Lions faced provincial teams in the buildup to the Test series, but this summer they face all five of New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises, along with the Maori All Blacks. But who will start, Johnny Sexton or Owen Farrell? He would be suited to playing in his homeland [he was born in Rotorua]. "I moved from New Zealand at a young age and went to Australia", added Te'o, who played rugby league for Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs prior to his code switch three years ago.

"There are not a lot of Scotsmen in there, yet Scotland were good enough to beat Ireland and Wales". That in itself will create pressure, two types of pressure, one where it will help push each other. "Getting them used to all our systems, from lineout calls to phase plays to how we defend, just getting everyone on the same page". Team spirit is intangible but important. We are looking forward to seeing an bad lot more of what they are showing and how they are looking to play.

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