Lions coach Gatland rails at New Zealand 'blocking'

Robin Mc Bryde hails ‘proud moment’ as Wales quartet receive Lions call

A fringe All Black at that time, he fondly recalls the tour and noted how the current six-week Lions phenomenon was creating the same interest in New Zealand.

While the Lions have been frustrated by their own inability to turn linebreaks into tries during this tour, Gatland believes that theme is partly down to the illegal play of the Kiwi teams in denying support players access to the ball carrier.

After that dominant Eden Park display, Hansen suggested that Gatland was running out of time to finalise his plans for the first Test in Auckland next weekend.

"There is no way we are divided and I've been surprised by Steve, who is normally pretty calm". If you listen to the ref's mic [against the Maori All Blacks] they were talking about it constantly through the game. "We didn't have a lot of momentum in the second half and we paid the price there". If the referees pick up teams for that, that would be good.

"We played 50 minutes together against the Crusaders and I think we went well together", said Sexton of his fledgling partnership with Farrell. Everyone could get excited. Wherever we have been in New Zealand, the welcome has been brilliant. Can't speak more highly of that.

"The off-field stuff, similar to the stuff that people have been saying puts a bit of a dampener on the tour. We've got enough versatility in the back five and behind the scrum to deal with the call-ups".

"I couldn't be happier, we've got another game on Tuesday against the Chiefs which will be tough for us, and hopefully we'll have another good week's preparation for the All Blacks".

He added that the move was created to given the Lions 'the best chance of winning the test series'. They will then face the Hurricanes before the final two Test Matches on Saturday July 1 and a potential series decider on Saturday July 8.

Former All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam and hooker Hika Elliot also played in that 32-10 defeat but have been named on the bench for Tuesday's game.

When his rugby career appeared nearly over, Donald cemented his place in New Zealand folklore when asked to captain the Chiefs against Wales past year and led them to a 40-7 victory.

FINN Russell and Allan Dell have gone straight into the Lions squad for tomorrow's match against the Chiefs, just a day after playing in Scotland's win over Australia. Does it devalue the shirt? Both of the first two tries were a result of huge pressure but the third and decisive try was one of the best team tries you will ever see and one that sums up Gregor Townsend's philosophy on how to play the game. We've picked up a couple of injuries. We found it hard the first 10 days when we were here in terms of jetlag and tiredness and stuff.

Maori All Blacks: J Lowe; N Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, C Ngatai, R Ioane; D McKenzie, T Kerr-Barlow; K Hames, A Dixon (capt), B May, J Wheeler, T Franklin, A Ioane, E Dixon, L Messam.

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