Gatland: Hansen barbs show All Blacks are anxious

Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions kicks a peanlty

Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions kicks a peanlty

"The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that's going on, it makes it hard to complete attacking opportunities and situations because there is so much happening off the ball in terms of holding players or subtly holding players", Gatland told British media.

As expected, all six of the controversial call-ups are among the replacements as Gatland looks to protect as numerous Test 23 as possible.

There are also places among the substitutes for the four Welshmen who were also called up by Warren Gatland over the weekend - a move that provoked heavy criticism of the head coach for selecting players who were close to New Zealand rather than those who most deserved to be drafted in. "They are all Test-match players", the scrum-half said.

"Everybody wants to play in the Tests, but every game on tour is important - every time you pull on the Lions jersey you want to win".

"In terms of devaluing the shirt, I can see some people's point of that but we're here to win a test series", The Independent reported Gatland a saying.

The machinations of the first test aside, the match holds strong feelings for Gatland, who played a then record 140 times for provincial side Waikato and scored a try in their 38-10 victory over the Lions on the 1993 tour.

England coach Eddie Jones wasn't impressed, and Lions great Ian McGeechan said, "It's hard to justify geography".

"They play the game maybe slightly differently to an Australian team or a South African team, but that is what rugby is all about, having the ability to overcome an opposition with different tactics".

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Israeli security forces patrol outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017 following an attack. Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.


"It's about staying alive and making sure sometimes you'll get bumped but it's about backing your pace".

Replacements: 16-Kristian Dacey, 17-Alan Dell, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-Alun Wyn Jones, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Finn Russell, 23-Tommy Seymour. All New Zealand teams at the moment are doing it.

Watching the All Blacks dismantle Samoa in their warm-up Test last Friday night, scoring 12 tries during a game in which they ceded the majority of territory and possession to the Pacific Islanders certainly caught Farrell's attention.

Donald became a New Zealand rugby folk hero in 2011 when, as the All Blacks' fourth-choice flyhalf, he took the field as a replacement in the World Cup final and kicked the winning penalty in the 8-7 win over France.

Previous year the Chiefs humbled Wales 40-7 in a midweek fixture so Gatland will be well aware of the challenge that awaits against his former team.

"There is no way we have divided into two", he said.

England lock Courtney Lawes was also included in the starting side, possibly to give him a late chance to push for inclusion in the test squad after he failed a head injury assessment last Tuesday against the Otago Highlanders.

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