The British and Irish Lions have landed in New Zealand

British & Irish Lions: Jonny Wilkinson reveals secret to beating All Blacks

Hogg was a rookie during that 2013 tour, but since then has developed into one of the world's most risky attacking full-backs, picking up a Guinness Pro12 winners medal plus two RBS 6 Nations player of the tournament awards.

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"We have a lot of hats - peaked hats, woolly hats - apparently it's going to be cold", said Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw.

But from then on the pressure of the tour will be relentless with matches against Super Rugby teams midweek and on Saturdays which will test the fitness and resilience of the Lions squad long before the test series begins.

The Lions go into the the first match only three days after flying across the world, and with their full squad having been together for only the past week, as finals football kept many of them in action for their clubs until last weekend.

Barnes believes Gatland may prefer Welshman Leigh Halfpenny in the red No.15 jersey to Hogg and thinks Seymour has the best chance of a Scot to start.

Wilkinson said: "It was like chaos I'd never seen before".

Flanker Justin Tipuric and scrum-half Rhys Webb have been bamed of the bench.

Warren Gatland, the Lions coach, has declared the series to be the "ultimate challenge" as he returns to his native New Zealand.

It's an interesting read - pick up a copy if you haven't already - and seems pertinent given that the British & Irish Lions arrived in New Zealand to find that Steve Hansen has said he would have rejected the tour schedule had it been presented to his All Blacks team.

Gatland has also made a decision to name an all-Welsh back-row, with Ross Moriarty due to make his first appearance for the Lions alongside 2013 tourists Warburton and Taulupe Faletau, while Jonathan Sexton wins the battle for the fly-half role as England's Owen Farrell is named among the replacements alongside three of his worldwide colleagues in Jamie George, Mako Vunipola and George Kruis.

The British & Irish Lions are prepared to sacrifice early games to win the ones that matter.

Stephen Jones has written a column in the current issue of Rugby World bemoaning the fact that too often coaches dominate the build-up to games with tit-for-tat comments directed at each other.

The first match of the tour is against a Provincial Barbarians team at Whangarei on Saturday is by far the easiest of the tour.

Game 3: Saturday, June 10 vs Crusaders in Christchurch.

"There are blokes the All Blacks can't afford to lose, as they found out in Chicago past year [where Ireland ended the All Blacks' 18-game winning streak]". "People are panicking because he's not goal-kicking for the (Wellington) Hurricanes".

Game 10: Saturday, July 8 vs All Blacks in Auckland.

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