British and Irish Lions' tours to forget

Dejected Lions lock Martin Johnson leaves the field at Eden Park in an All Blacks jersey after the test series concludes 2-1 to the hosts

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has defended New Zealand rugby fans after British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland described them as "arrogant" after the victory against Australia at Eden Park past year.

"New Zealand can be a bit cold at the start which is why they have arranged a warm-up match against Samoa", said Thrush, the former Hurricanes captain who played for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham last Sunday.

"With my competitive nature, the chance to go and challenge yourself against the best team in the world is something I would have regretted saying no to", Gatland said before the Lions flew to New Zealand on Monday.

He added that when it became clear that fewer players than expected were to appear in the Premiership final, in which Exeter beat Wasps, and the climax of the Pro 12 season, won by Scarlets, he would have flown them out sooner.

The squad will arrive at approximately 11:30am NZ time with Gatland and tour manager John Spencer speaking to the press after they get through all their arrival checks. "He's in camp this week and he's developing really well", said Lions assistant coach Steve Borthwick.

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My worry is that this summer we could see two different philosophies: a group of players stretching themselves in the provincial games, and then the Test team reverting to type with a variation of Warrenball and the hope that Owen Farrell converts his kicks while Beauden Barrett misses.

They have decided stop into Australia for a night along the way, meaning Warren Gatland's men won't actually land into New Zealand until Wednesday lunchtime, locally speaking.

Realistically, though, the Gloucester forward feels that Warren Gatland's squad is up against it.

The Lions will face Blues (7 June), Crusaders (10 June), Highlanders (13 June), New Zealand Maori (17 June) and Chiefs (20 June) before meeting the All Blacks in the first of three games on 24 June. "They know they need to go into the first Test firing and do a lot better than they have done in the opening match of a series in recent years".

"We've all been out for food a couple of times, had coffees, catching up with people we've met before and trying to get to know each other". If the All Blacks can find a way of shipping the ball wide, they will be good and play with their flair.

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It was just another game for Smith, who was not a game counter.

We should get a full gawk at the All Blacks' specially designed Lions Series gear in the coming days but, for now, this is good enough. The Lions are bringing with them 355 bags and 3990kg of gear in total.

When Lions Roared: The Lions, The All Blacks and the Legendary Tour of 1971 by Tom English and Peter Burns is published by Polaris. Four years later in New Zealand, conversely, the dirt-trackers were demoralised and did nothing in the later matches to support the Test team, who lost the series. Everything is stacked against the Lions and the first Test is absolutely huge - if they win that one, it is game on.

The Lions' degree of difficulty is also increased by them playing two Tests at Eden Park, Auckland, where New Zealand are unbeaten for 23 years.

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