In just a few hours time, the British and Irish Lions will take to the field in Auckland for the first test.
We haven’t beaten New Zealand in the three match series since 1971. Rain and all? Indeed, yes. Auckland is still waking up here, but already we have seen tens of thousands of Lions fans descend on the city and they come here more in hope than expectation.
Because this has to be the toughest test in rugby. A team that’s just been together a few weeks taking on the world champions in their own back yard, but there is a positivity around this Lions side, but whether it will be there come the final whistle, is another question.
Auckland is undergoing a transformation. The Lions are coming and what started as a trickle. We’re like minions walking around here with our red tops on.
“Match of the day hope, it’s 3-0 to the Lions, but I think it will be really tough”, by a rugby fan.
The All Blacks at Eden Park, you just don’t beat them there. So, we might have more chance in Wellington. After just a few weeks getting to know each other, the Lion’s must Warren Gatland has named an attacking side for the series opener against the world champions, based on form, not reputation.
It will be captained by Peter O’Mahoney, who three months ago, couldn’t even get.
“I’m not sure if anybody could say they envisaged. You hope he makes the under-12 team, and then you hope he makes the school team, and each time you have to say, “I wonder, is that the level? It was quite a meteoric rise for Peter”, John O’Mahoney
This is where it all begins tomorrow, Eden Park, which is a fortress for the All Blacks.
They haven’t lost here since 1994, before some of these current players weren’t even born.
This was the last time they tasted success in New Zealand, way back in 1971 and it had a profound effect on.
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