Lions will struggle in NZ, says Hansen

Evrard Martin
Mai 17, 2017

He is wary of teams in New Zealand that would like little more than to upset the Lions.

"Six months ago I made my debut for Ireland, which I wouldn't have dreamed of making before then".

"Pre-season, the Lions would not have been on the radar at all", former Leinster star Te'o said.

"We don't want to be wasting the extra time we've got with them, bearing in mind we haven't got a lot of preparation time as soon as we land in New Zealand". I am trying to progress my career and keep evolving as a player. "I can't see myself going too far in the future".

"I won't hide from what I am".

"We knew we would be missing a few guys in camp one".

"The challenge is huge over there and it's been a frustrating campaign for me to say the least, and to finish in this way is awesome".

"We had to help the guys who were involved in that move on and concentrate on playing good football in the second Test". The guys away with the big games - semi-finals, finals - it is not doing them any harm not being here.

"It was a physical game but we went at Ireland no harder than they went at us. Getting them used to all our systems, from lineout calls to phase plays to how we defend, just getting everyone on the same page".

The Lions begin their New Zealand tour against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3.

"I am older now". I think I've been well and truly converted to an Irishman.

"The best example of a player who was unlucky not to be picked in the original squad is Gary Ringrose, but if in the last week the weather forecast says it will be pelting it down, it could be that someone else comes in instead of him".

Henry told Fairfax Media on Saturday the tip tackle was "totally accidental, one of those things" that happen in a game.

Fortunately, all five of New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises remain in the playoffs mix with the Crusaders, Hurricanes and Chiefs, in particular, playing some outstanding rugby.

Representing the Lions is entirely different to club or country but North will be in familiar company, with 19 players from Aviva Premiership Rugby set to jet out in the next couple of weeks.

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