O'Mahony to captain Lions, Farrell starts ahead of Sexton

British & Irish Lions

"Yes it's a message but the stuff that Dylan's doing is fantastic as well".

"He's got electrifying speed and we just think for this particular match he's the boy". For me, he's probably a starter or not in the "23" at all.

"I definitely didn't see myself as an understudy here".

"It's that Munster kind of aggression around everything we do in training, determination, nearly "follow me lads". Seanie came across to me as if Gatland was going to throw in a couple of curve balls.

"I think the All Blacks would have thought Itoje would have been in that second row partnership, but they would have had their what-if scenarios so they will go through the team and understand what they need to do - they will be well prepared".

"There is a real understanding that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", Hansen said. "I didn't think the All Blacks could ever be beaten".

June 17 - O'Mahony excels as the Maori are crushed 32-10 in Rotorua, placing him in pole position to start the first Test against the All Blacks in the number six jersey.

Having endured a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for over a year, O'Mahony has had to lead his beloved Munster through the harrowing times following the passing of Anthony Foley and passed the disappointment of a Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens, following by Pro 12 final heartbreak to the Scarlets.

"There's no point in trying to be something you're not over here".

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"I remember when he left Brian O'Driscoll out for the third Test against Australia (in 2013), and it was the moment of his career where he was going to be a hero or a villain, and luckily for him it goes his way". The way that he's progressed as a lineout leader and caller has been unbelievable. If you stuff the first one up, you get another one. We've got ourselves to prepare and get ready.

Part of the plan involves the use of noise pollution, as Kruis calls it, to put off the All Blacks on their throws and the racket coming from behind closed doors at the QBE Stadium in North Harbour as the Lions put the finishing touches to their preparations yesterday in the driving rain was unholy.

Warren Gatland has promised his British & Irish Lions will not get sucked into playing Barbarians-style rugby by the All Blacks, writes Simon Lewis.

"When they planned their fixtures, they would have expected it not to be so one-sided".

"One hundred per cent", said George.

"He's done a lot to keep the morale of the whole squad together because if the next result goes poorly then people believe there's a chance to get into the Test side".

"Elliot's been very accurate in the way he has played and we saw some excellent attacking play from Liam on Tuesday - we're excited about the XV that take the field, but also the very strong and experienced bench", Gatland said. If we do that we will be in good stead on Saturday.

"We squeezed the life out of those two teams (Crusaders and Maori All Blacks) and we won't stop being aggressive defensively", says the Kiwi, content as any coach would be to enter a contest with a perception as the stronger pack.

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