New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions

New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions

"I think the other games should be watered down and I think [the Lions'] performance in the last test was terrific, but helped greatly by the fact that New Zealand had a player sent off and also by the fact that your goal kicker missed a couple of what would normally be regarded as kickable penalties".

The stadium has hosted several large events, including the 1992 Cricket World Cup and 2011 Rugby World Cup final - where New Zealand edged past France to claim the title.

"I struggle sometimes with the nerves but this is once-in-a-lifetime stuff, so you have to treasure it", said Sexton.

If you weren't nervous I would be pretty anxious.

A near-flawless 2016 Test campaign masked the fact that, at its core, the squad is still in a process of regeneration leading into the 2019 World Cup.

The Lions supporters will also hope to give Warren Gatland's side an advantage by hijacking the reworked version of the Kiwi song Tutira Mai that has been played during the 10-match tour to encourage New Zealand supporters to become more engaged in supporting their team.

Overlooked by Hansen and the rest of the New Zealand selectors in favour of Rieko Ioane, a fresh Savea now has the chance to make his typically tackle-shredding impact on the tourists.

And Gatland says his side are just "scratching the surface" in terms of its potential.

The handicap line of 12 points looks just about right, if a little low, and I prefer the added value of a winning margin of 11-20 points at 5/2 (Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfair). For me the future will take care of itself. I don't sit and plan and plot what's going to happen. If I deserve to play I will get picked, if you don't then you just get on with it. It's a case of not taking our foot off the gas, but knowing when to put our front foot forward, if you like, when we are trying to win back the ball.

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Gatland admitted the selection was based on rewarding those who had fought back so well in the second test.

Since 1904, the All Blacks have lost back-to-back home Tests on just four occasions, the latest of which coming almost two decades ago against South Africa and Australia in the 1998 Tri Nations.

They showed good energy to come from 18-9 down in Wellington, he said, dominating the final 15 minutes.

"We're all under pressure aren't we?"

"You've got to be excited about it - it's one of the biggest games of their lives".

"It's not going to define them though, It's a pressure you relish. That is what big occasions and big sporting events are about". "This is what you do all the training, you want those moments and sometimes they don't come around that often".

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

"It takes a weight off their shoulders knowing that what we've deemed to think was concussion two or three times this year was actually another problem, which they've now been able to identify and start to medicate him and fix which is great news". "This is an opportunity that we haven't had since 1971".

"It's a chance to do something special".