British and Irish Lions hit back at accusations

British and Irish Lions will seek to claim a Test series victory against the All Blacks on Saturday

British and Irish Lions will seek to claim a Test series victory against the All Blacks on Saturday

"I've read a few things this morning that have just come out of nowhere, and that's one of them".

"For me, this series has been about trying to embrace it, enjoy all the special moments you get throughout the series". That's what big occasions and big sporting events are about. Records are there to be broken, and hopefully, we can get the win and change that. It's why you do all those hours of training and preparation.

"So there's nothing better than a decider as a top sportsman".

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has revealed Gatland will be on the shortlist as a potential replacement for current boss Steve Hansen, who is expected to step down following the 2019 World Cup.

However, the pendulum has swung back in favour of The Lions with the second test victory and the suspension of Sonny Bill Williams.

Henry's view is that All Black players have already discovered some personal truths after losing their first match at home since 2009.

They had comfortably seen off France in pool play but the rematch turned into a trapdoor of uncertainty until referee Craig Joubert ended the 8-7 anxiety. Our players have got a confidence and self-belief at the moment which is really, really positive.

With the Test series level at one win each, the Lions will have all to play for when the final match against New Zealand takes place this Saturday (8 July), with the game kicking off at 8.35am United Kingdom time. It doesn't come round very often.

British and Irish Lions: Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Taulupe Faletau, Sean O'Brien Sam Warburton (captain), Alun Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje, Tadgh Furlong, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola.

"You are obviously well aware of it, you would be lying if you said you weren't, but you do try and take yourself away from that and remain completely focused on the job ahead".

"People tried to pigeonhole us that we were going to play a pretty direct, boring game, but I think we've played some great rugby".

"What happens normally with Global Positioning System is the numbers fall away".

"I haven't witnessed that", he said.

"The message to the squad was, "That's a positive and we know we can take it to another level". We trust the process, train hard and get excited about the challenge that is coming".

The nationwide appraisal found the Lions brought more on every front compared to the 2005 version but there was a feeling the All Blacks would have too much quality to surrender any series high ground.

There may have been some kidology at work here.

After speaking to Welsh Rugby Union president Dennis Gethin and his wife, Jan, Gatland was able to relay an example of this, with former All Blacks coach Henry - the man who beat the Lions so easily in 2005 and also secured the Rugby World Cup success in 2011 - less than pleased with how Gatland has been treated.

Head coach Gatland has opted against changing up his side for the last of the three-game series, instead opting for the same team which ran out at Westpac Stadium. I see that as a massive sign of respect of them to us, them looking at us, negating our strengths and threats, and that is a positive.

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