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Lack of time not an issue - Farrell

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    30 May 2017     Getty Images

The Lions left Heathrow on Monday (UK time) and arrive in Auckland on Wednesday after an overnight stopover in Melbourne. Their first game is in Whangarei on Saturday against the Provincial Barbarians.
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Farrell told British media before the side left that the Lions squad was full of 'world-class' players who could cope.

"It's not just the time you put in on the pitch, there's plenty of time off it to ensure you're in a good place to be prepared for what's coming up.

"Some lads are going to have some catching up to do, but we'll be on the same page. There is not loads and loads to learn," he said.

Farrell said the Lions weren't heading to New Zealand just to take part. They were all going with the attitude of winning.

"The more conversations you have, the more you talk about it between yourselves then the better it is in training and then games. You have to [have the belief]," he said.

The squad selected for the tour was 'brilliant', he said.

"If we get that right and make sure we're on the same page as quick as possible then I think this squad will challenge anyone.

"It's a tough challenge. They're the best team in the world so to go down there and play in their back garden is a massive challenge. Their Super Rugby teams are on fire at the minute so they'll be a big test," he said.

The side left London with no injury concerns although Wales and Scarlets hooker Ken Owens would not be considered for the opening game.



The team to play the Provincial Barbarians is likely to contain the 14 players who attended the Lions' first training camp in Wales.

Meanwhile, England coach Eddie Jones sent the team on its way with a message that the Welsh influence in the squad and tactics would make it 'very tough' to win the series.

"I think they've picked a certain style of team based on the influence of the Welsh coaches, so I think they're looking to attack like Wales, with big gain-line runners, with not much ball movement, and I think you struggle to beat the All Blacks like that.

"It's not only a big physical contest, it's also a big mental contest. You've got to be very disciplined in the way you play, you've got to chip away at them and you've got to keep the pressure on, you've got to exert pressure in areas that they don't like, which is traditionally the close set-piece plays, and then have the ability, when you create opportunities, to turn that into points," he said on Brian Moore's Full Contact podcast.

Jones said he would 'love' to have England play the All Blacks every month.

"The more you play against the best team the more you learn where you need to improve, and they're the best team in the world. And until you play them you never know where the gaps are, where you need to work on, or where you're better than they are," he said.