Warren Gatland declares Owen Farrell fit for first Test

Warren Gatland declares Owen Farrell fit for first Test

New Zealand-born Gatland tried to deflect attention from his selections by suggesting All Blacks coach Steve Hansen might be anxious at the Lions' recent form.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has already highlighted what he sees as New Zealand players illegally blocking to prevent opponents contesting possession in the air, with that issue surfacing during last weekend's victory over New Zealand Maori in Rotorua. Gatland obviously has the Irish halves combination of Murray and Johnny Sexton, and both played well against the Maori, but the word I have heard from the camp is that if Farrell recovers from his thigh strain he will wear the No10 jersey.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland: "Those involved on Tuesday will be playing not only for themselves in terms of further selection but also for the whole squad".

Part of their brilliance in attack that night was the ability of fly-half Beauden Barrett to bring his wide players into the game through the centre partnership of Sonny Bill Williams and Anton Lienert-Brown, the latter of who has the ability to offload nearly at will. Of course there is.

"But it's all good fun and there were a lot of honest congratulations as well", he added. We are creating chances, but we are getting in behind teams, too'.

"So again we're still developing that, but it's coming good".

As for that 2005 matchup he played in, Kaino's memories are a little sketchy: "One thing sticks out".

They might do so against the Chiefs.

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Assistant coach Steve Borthwick dished out a fiery pre-match talk to the Lions in Rotorua. We just made a decision that it wasn't worth taking that risk.

"It's the unstructured stuff that they're fantastic at, especially from turnover ball".

"We talk a lot about our tackle entry and how effective we can be individually but sometimes it is the two-man hit". We want to make sure we show a clear picture. "The Lions have been excellent at choking teams from doing that so we've got a big challenge ahead of us".

Unless Gatland drastically changes his tactics and personnel in the next seven days the All Blacks will be well aware of what they can expect at Eden Park.

"Our squad is full of winners, it's full of guys who are used to winning and know how to win". We squeezed the life out them, an unbelievably talented backline that just went nowhere.

"I couldn't be happier, we've got another game on Tuesday against the Chiefs which will be tough for us, and hopefully we'll have another good week's preparation for the All Blacks". If you listen to the ref's mic they were talking about it constantly through the game [on Saturday] and gave us a couple of penalties for blocking.

"The strength of the collective group is going to be phenomenal". "It's obvious that they are bringing a bit of line-speed, so teams have to adapt to that".

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