Beauden Barrett excited to play alongside All Black brother Jordie

Beauden Barrett excited to play alongside All Black brother Jordie

Beauden Barrett excited to play alongside All Black brother Jordie

And exactly what it means to the Lions was highlighted by some particularly intense training on Thursday, with a few verbals happening during the session.

While he was far from flawless in defence in 53 minutes of the bench at Westpac Stadium last Saturday, Laumape did show glimpses of the power-running that has seen him score 14 tries in Super Rugby this season and, more recently, run for 125 metres, four clean breaks and a try when the Hurricanes drew with the tourists a few days earlier. "Then we talk about ARs [assistant referees], but they're all referees and their skill is not watching what they have been asked to watch", he added.

Perhaps more telling than praise from northern hemisphere pundits was criticism in New Zealand media about Itoje's "cynical" repeated offside infringements as the match hung in the balance.

"But that has been the way, and is it the future of professional sport?"

"In 2019, I'll probably finish up after the World Cup and go to the beach and maybe retire". Obviously you talk about intensity and what's at stake, but all those things don't change with external factors. I thought Te'o was their best back. "You are hearing one side of it or reading one side of it, but that is not reflective of what I have been experiencing here as a coach and as a person".

"We wouldn't have picked him in the first place if we didn't [think he'd do a good job], he comes from a fairly good stock, and I'm picking him to go alright", said Hansen. We haven't done that.

"It would not be possible to stage a full tour of Argentina but we are keen to have them involved and they are keen to play us". Naholo is being given more time to recover from the concussion he suffered in the second Test, while Ioane was ill earlier in the week. "The guys coming in are still extremely talented rugby players". There's a lot at stake, there's a lot of people out here, and that's very obvious to us all, but we've got a job to do for the 80 minutes again.

WARREN GATLAND urged his unchanged side to "make Lions history" in the crunch Third Test as panicky Steve Hansen tinkered with his misfiring All Blacks. The All Blacks are an fantastic rugby side and remain the best in the world.

"We've done what we've done and enjoyed ourselves doing it". The combination of Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell remains at 10 and 12 respectively - with Farrell resuming the kicking duties, after knocking over the winning kick last week.

"They're playing the game, they are the ones on the pitch".

"This final match is going to be a cracker", said New Zealand chief Hansen.

Victory for the Lions would give them only their second ever series win against New Zealand.

"For me, personally, it's another rugby stadium", he said.

"There are some players who are pretty disappointed not to be selected and I understand that".

The last series decider the tourists faced in New Zealand was in 1993 where they were defeated 30-31 at Eden Park.

On Barrett: "He very good aerially, he's a good defender when he gets his positioning right and he's a very skilful rugby player".

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