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Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth Outlines How The Lions Can Defeat The All Blacks

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: An injured Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps looks on during a Wasps media session ahead of their European Champions Cup Quarter Final against Leinster Rugby at Broadstreet RFC on March 28, 2017 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has explained how he believes is the best way for the Lions to defeat the All Blacks the summer.

Warren Gatland’s collective will be the underdogs in the three-test series, going up against the number one-ranked side in the World Rugby rankings and who don’t exactly lose very often.

Nonetheless, the 33-year-old, himself a New Zealand national and former Junior All Black, believes that an attacking strategy is the way to go if the Lions are to make the series a victorious one.

Speaking to BBC’s Rugby Union podcast, former Leinster man Gopperth said:

“I’d be going out there looking to run them off their feet.

“I think you go there with an attacking mindset.”

“Even if it’s wet, the pitches are like cricket grounds, and the way you see the guys playing in the Premiership and Pro 12 – the skill level [they have] – I would be picking a team for all-out attack.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Warren Gatland the head coach of the British and Irish Lions 2017 attends the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Despite picking the best that England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have to offer, the Lions will still do well to defeat an All Blacks side that has lost just three test matches in six years (and hasn’t been beaten on home soil since 2003).┬áThe three tests will take place in Wellington and Auckland, across the last Saturday of June and first two of July.

Gatland is due to name his Lions squad for the tour in mid-April, with a number of places on the panel still up for grabs. The Wales coach is noted to be paying close attention to the next few rounds of club matches before making his final decision.


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