Who should the All Blacks' centre pairing be vs British & Irish Lions?

"They are world champions and play an awesome brand of rugby", said North, who is a Gillette ambassador for the Lions' New Zealand tour.

Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks would never agree to the schedule that the British & Irish Lions have taken on for their tour to New Zealand.

It was a similar story away from the Tests three years later, losing three times to South Africa, but winning 15 other games, and in 1983 a four-match Test series whitewash was the miserable return from another trip to All Black country.

"No team can play the New Zealand way - only New Zealand can do that", he added.

The 92-Test global visited the grave of David Gallagher, the man who captained the All Blacks on their first ever tour in 1905-06.

The All Blacks coach wasn't surprised by the naming of the Lions squad, but doesn't expect an easy series.

His remarks were a well-timed response to Gatland's strongly worded criticism of New Zealand fans last October, after Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was depicted as a clown following the 37-10 Eden Park Bledisloe Cup loss.

If the New Zealand Herald is right, Gatland will not unveil his first XV until the Chiefs game, which follows the NZ Maori game. "Everyone firmly believes we're going out to win and that's the way it should be". If the All Blacks can find a way of shipping the ball wide, they will be good and play with their flair.

While Chris Boyd's side will be without their All Blacks, the depth he has built at the 2016 champions means they should barely miss a step against what should essentially be midweek Lions side.

"Ireland did it really well, [but] I think the LIons are going to struggle". The Lions certainly have attacking threats: "the Scarlets played like a Super Rugby side against Munster in the Pro 12 final and the Premiership final between Exeter and Wasps was entertaining".

The Lions left home yesterday, will arrive tomorrow and play their first game, against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on Saturday in preparation for their three-Test series, which starts on June 24.

"There is so much history there", Thrush said.

Gemmell says watching Super Rugby gives a window into the rugby frenzy in New Zealand, but says the documentary delves deeper into the community to see where the love for the game originates.

Conversely, it ended the careers of several icons of New Zealand rugby, not least "Pinetree" Meads, but the All Blacks quickly learned their lessons and have been "bouncing back" ever since.

"You do have ideas of what you want and what you want to see". "The style of rugby is different here".

I asked him why he was upset that the All Blacks had won and he said that the All Blacks always won, he wanted the tourists to do well. But spare a thought (and maybe a prayer) for the second team as their Tour could become a nightmare.

The key to the series will be whether they can then put the All Blacks under pressure for sustained periods, particularly in the opening test when the hosts are traditionally at their most vulnerable.

New Zealand are clearly wary of a coach with such an intimate knowledge of their psyche and system.

"It was not something that daunted you, but challenged you". He returned to score a try that levelled the score at 3-3 before Bob Scott kicked a penalty to win the game 6-3.

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