Barrett brothers named in All Blacks squad

The Auckland Blues delivered an early psychological blow by beating the Lions on Wednesday

The Auckland Blues delivered an early psychological blow by beating the Lions on Wednesday

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Steve Hansen, the rugby coach who looks most like a TD standing around at a funeral waiting to sympathise with the constituent who has been bereaved, named his squad to face the Irish and British Lions today.

There is uncertainty over when British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will return from an injury sustained in the opening match of their New Zealand tour.

But we've [Crusaders] had a pretty good season, the guys are pretty excited by the challenge. So we have to be pretty strong because that's an area they'll come at us with.

North scored two tries in the 2013 series which saw the Lions beat Australia 2-1 - their first Test series win in 16 years.

North said he was carrying a "bump" when he arrived in New Zealand, but admits it was not easy watching from the sidelines.

The trio could become the first sibling trio to play in the same New Zealand team.

This tour is still in its early stages, but, with just eight games left, victory over the Crusaders - allied to Gatland remembering how to properly wind up the opposition - could turn the whole trip around. "It's the bigger picture now, I knew I'd get my game time as and when and I just have to trust the medical staff and trust Gats [coach Warren Gatland] to make those calls and just be ready for it".

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Nor, predictably, is backing a professional Super Rugby franchise in the Pacific Islands - "In the immediate future I can't see how you could sustain a professional team in a Pacific Island unless, financially, there's significant private intervention" - but as recently as the past week Tew has had discussions with South African officials about rugby's future viability across the southern hemisphere.

The first of three Tests against the world champions is two weeks away and the Lions' last match ended in a loss to struggling Super Rugby side Blues.

"These are the games that we want going into a test series, playing against a top Super team full of All Blacks". I don't think that was ever in consideration.

"I think the way we are now is probably better".

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Though Damian McKenzie and Milner-Skudder missed out on the All Blacks squad has been named in the Maori All Blacks to face the Lions. But former coach Graham Henry tells the Daily Telegraph he doesn't believe he will start the Tests.

"Players are going to get one or two chances to make an impact before we start even thinking about any kind of Test line-ups".

Although he has injury concerns of his own over a number of senior men, Hansen could still name a formidable squad for the warm-up game against Samoa on this day week and for the series itself.

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