LIONS TOUR 2017: 3RD TEST PREVIEW
Immortality beckons for the British & Irish Lions.
Head Coach Warren has selected an unchanged 23-man squad for tomorrow’s decider against New Zealand.
The series is level at 1-1 as we return to Eden Park for what has been described as one of the Lions’ biggest games in their illustrious 129 year history.
Alun Wyn Jones will win cap number nine for the British & Irish Lions, more than any other player in the professional era, as he once more partners the prolific Maro Itoje. Mako Vunipola has survived calls for his place to be taken by Jack McGrath as the front row starts their third game in a row.
The Sexton-Farrell combination was much discussed ahead of the Second Test and for the most part was pivotal to the team’s ability to score two tries compared to the home side’s zero. They will need to continue their
Sean O’Brien has been touted as man of the series in some circles and it’s not difficult to see why. A beast with ball in hand and called upon to mark Sonny Bill Williams during his short stint last weekend, the Lions will need the ‘Tullow Tank’ to be on top form once more.
He will partner Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau in the back row who keep their places with CJ Stander ready to fill a role from the bench.
All Blacks Captain, Kieran Read will earn his 100th cap as he is once again entrusted to steer the world’s number one team to glory. Beauden Barrett has the honour of lining up alongside his younger brother Jordie, who will make his first start at full back and we could see all three Barrett brothers on the field at one time if back-rower Scott makes his way from the bench.
Head Coach, Steve Hansen has finally called upon wing-sensation Julia Savea after leaving him out of the previous two Tests. Making way is Rieko Ioane who could possibly count himself unfortunate having scored a double in the First Test.
Elsewhere Ngani Laumape replaces the suspended Williams and Isreal Dagg switches to the right wing as Waisake Naholo is out due to injury.
It’s sure to be a memorable evening in Auckland, from a British & Irish Lions perspective, let’s hope it’s for the right reasons!