Lions v New Zealand: Jordie Barrett handed first All Blacks start

Posted July 07, 2017

"We have been training and doing bits on the laptop or recovery, so we've kept ourselves ticking over in Queenstown", he said.

Barrett, is a "cool, calm collected kid and we wouldn't have put him there if we didn't think he was up to it".

"You need to look at the manner in which we did it".

"I was talking to Jan Gethin and (Welsh Rugby Union president) Dennis Gethin (on Wednesday) night, and they happened to be on a plane coming (to Auckland) with Graham Henry, who they knew from Wales", head coach Gatland said.

Jones has previous experience of a Lions decider after captaining the side to a convincing 41-16 third Test win over Australia in Sydney in 2013 to seal the series 2-1.

But if Gatland's team can improve their discipline and limit the number of penalties conceded then they should be in with a chance. You have those moments in your life and you don't want those moments to pass you by.

"You have got to be excited, it is a pressure that you relish".

"You want those big moments in sport". While the Lions' hard press on defence was a notable feature of the second Test, I was even more impressed with their attacking endeavour.

The third change to the backline sees Savea selected to the left wing in place of Rieko Ioane, with Malakai Fekitoa named on the bench.

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"Graham said to them he has been embarrassed about some of the media coverage in New Zealand". Eden Park will hopefully be a little bit more balanced.

"We are all aware of how big this game is and we are expecting a backlash from the All Blacks. We haven't changed our week too much", Hansen added. If you weren't nervous I would be pretty anxious. "In 2019, after the World Cup, I'll maybe go to the beach and retire", the 53-year-old said. The future will take care of itself.

Jordie Barrett, 20, will make his first Test after going on as a replacement against Samoa, being rewarded for blistering Super Rugby form with the Hurricanes this year, and he is ready to embrace the challenge of becoming an All Blacks full-back.

"People expected us to come here and kick the leather off it, drive every single lineout, to try and scrummage people to death".

"It's a massive, massive team effort, and so if we win it, it definitely will be up there as the pinnacle of our careers". No, because we have to win to win the series.

The All Blacks have not lost successive matches since 2011, before Hansen took charge.

I have spent the past week in London with London Irish, and the expectation of a Lions series victory is high in the United Kingdom after they clinched the second Test.

Hansen believes that the referees have been unduly lenient towards the Lions in the series and he also found time to criticise the disciplinary process that saw Williams banned for a month but Sean O'Brien cleared by a panel of wrongdoing. Will it define this team?