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LOVE creates campaign to make Lions fans roar

Derrick Tucker | 03 June, 2017, 07:31

Henry, who returned to New Zealand and went on to guide the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup victory in 2011, has recently said he believes he was not sufficiently experienced or prepared to coach the Lions when he took the job in 2001 after a successful tenure as head coach of Wales.

"It's great for him. and I'm really looking forward to the next few days and catching up with Bryn on Saturday".

Gatland said his primary focus was getting a look at the entire 41-man touring party over the course of the first three games, and stressed that no player is out of the picture for Test selection.

It is made up mainly of players who haven't had club final commitments, and had trained together at a recent camp in Dublin.

New Zealand-based Newshub report that of a poll conducted by Colmar Brunton, 78% of the 1,000 Kiwis polled couldn't name a single member of the Lions squad.

Kevin Phillips, Creative Director of Advertising at Manchester's LOVE, said: "The iconic red jersey is the pinnacle in the British & Irish Lions elite playing career".

"Then we had another group come in (from) Dublin as well, so it has been an opportunity for some combinations to work together for a couple of weeks and to prepare for the first game".

Training camp players dominate Lions team for tour opener
British and Irish Lions rugby captain Sam Warburton receives a "hongi" from the welcoming cultural group. So far, so good but on Saturday the Lions get their first taste of New Zealand hospitality on the field.

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Interestingly, Gatland said he had informed his players of the match-day squad for the first game of the tour a week ago, and was surprised all had managed to keep it a secret. The tour is very professional - probably the most professional tour there can be - but the basis and the roots and foundation of it are thousands and thousands of people who save up for four years and make sacrifices to go and watch a Lions tour. "I think for everyone, the dream is to be involved in the Test matches".

Lions captain Sam Warburton expressed relief to finally be in New Zealand after so much talk about the tour.

Despite the advent of professionalism, the 2005 tourists played seven games against provincial opposition, principally because the Super Rugby season had ended and the players were released.

Three Irish players make the 15 to face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Toll Stadium, Whangarei.

"If we can win some hearts and minds off the field and play some good rugby, then hopefully we're going to end up with a cracking tour". It is a match they are expected to win at a canter.

Click play below to check out episode 17 of The Hard Yards rugby podcast, featuring Jerry Flannery, Isaac Boss and SportsJOE's Pat McCarry with host Andy McGeady. We've got to give our players the confidence to do the same thing. Replacements: J George, M Vunipola (both Eng), T Furlong (Ire), G Kruis (Eng), J Tipuric, R Webb (both Wal), O Farrell (Eng), J Payne (Ire).

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