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Pressure on Lions from the outset

Former British & Irish Lions and Ireland lock Paul O'Connell believes the 2017 tour kicking off in Whangarei on Saturday is going to be tough.
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Lions have to deny All Blacks ball and space - John

'Control possession and deny New Zealand space'.
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Looking forward to the Pasifika Challenge

As the biggest Pacific Island community in the world, Auckland is the perfect place to host the historic ‘Pasifika Challenge’ double header on Friday June 16.
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Ben Smith sets sights on Samoa Test

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has been quick to quash any suggestion that he might opt to play for the Highlanders against the British & Irish Lions ahead of the All Blacks warm-up Test against Samoa in Auckland.
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Lions' preparation intensifies

British & Irish Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell said intensity during the side's second week of preparation for the DHL New Zealand Lions series had been 'through the roof'.
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The players the All Blacks and Lions cannot afford to lose

Up in the North, people are pretty devastated for rampaging loose forward Billy Vunipola, who's been sidelined by injury.
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All Blacks fan experience to get a boost

Rugby fans attending British & Irish Lions games in New Zealand may be the first beneficiaries of the agreement announced between New Zealand Rugby and Vodafone in Auckland yesterday.
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Billy Vunipola out of Lions tour

British & Irish Lions No.8 Billy Vunipola has been forced to withdraw from the tour of New Zealand as the result of an ongoing shoulder injury.
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Watson ready for New Zealand hype

Wing Anthony Watson knows what to expect when touring New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions.
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Lions have to be ready to suffer - Seymour

Scotland and British & Irish Lions wing Tommy Seymour believes the Lions have to be prepared to suffer if they are to beat the All Blacks for the first time since 1971.
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Lions will be better than 2005 - Franks

All Blacks double World Cup-winning prop Ben Franks believes the 2017 version of the British & Irish Lions will be a different proposition to the 2005 side who toured under Sir Clive Woodward.
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Lions will have to keep ball alive - Flutey

Former Wasps, London Irish and Hurricanes five-eighths Riki Flutey believes the British & Irish Lions will need to keep the ball alive at all stages of their tour of New Zealand.
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Henshaw looking forward to Lions' challenge

Scoring a match-winning try against the All Blacks will ensure Ireland's Rob Henshaw a place in rugby's history, but he wants more when journeying to New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions next month.
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All Blacks drawn with South Africa at RWC 2019

The All Blacks have been drawn in Pool B at Rugby World Cup 2019 alongside South Africa, Italy and two yet to be determined qualifiers from Africa 1 and the repechage stage.
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