Lions 2017: Why the All Blacks will tame the Lions

Lions 2017: Why the All Blacks will tame the Lions

You don't have to dig too deep into the tourists' media guide either to realise his principal target in this theory is none other than head coach, and New Zealander, Warren Gatland, who when he's not leading the Lions on safari is in charge of the Wales national team.

The Lions fly from Heathrow on Monday and land on Wednesday - stopping overnight in Melbourne - leaving only three days to prepare for the tour opener against the New Zealand Barbarians.

Captain Kieran Read is among the injury concerns for Hansen ahead of the Lions series with after breaking his thumb, but New Zealand have a seemingly endless conveyor belt of talent to call upon.

Haskell had been named in the England squad to travel to Argentina this summer.

"I think it's going to be very tough for them", Jones told former England worldwide Brian Moore on his Full Contact podcast with The Telegraph newspaper's website.

"They are looking to attack like Wales, with big gain line runners, not much ball movement". An exciting test series saw Brian O'Driscoll introduce himself to southern hemisphere audiences with "that" try at the Gabba in Brisbane in the first test. Both Rory and Ken are fantastic players, and it will be tough competing with them, but that is the competition you want.

"He is such an honest boy - he didn't want to fudge it", the Australian coach said. Despite your body feeling a bit battered at the end of a long season, it does not come into contention as I am so excited about getting going with the Lions.

"It is about him being a very ethical rugby player".

The Lions are due to face all five Super Rugby franchises as well as the New Zealand Maori while attempting to win only their second ever test series against the All Blacks.

"Once a month would be good", he told Moore.

"The more conversations you have, the more you talk about it between yourselves then the better it is in training and then games".

"Until you play them you never know where the gaps are, what you need to work on and where you're better than they are".