The hotly anticipated British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand is now less than one month away and with the home nations focusing on all things Lions, down in New Zealand they are focusing on what awaits the tourists next month.
While New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has not yet announced a squad to face the Lions for the three test series, it is well known that whoever he chooses to line out for the All Blacks, they will go into the series as the hot favourites.
This is despite the fact that Lions head coach Warren Gatland has had the luxury of selecting a 41-man panel from what has been one of the more talent laden player pool in recent memory.
The ten-match tour is likely to be one of the toughest ever undertaken by a Lions squad, with matches against the Maori All Blacks, Provincial Barbarians and five Super Rugby franchises, all in addition to the three tests against the All Blacks.
Ahead of the first match on June 3rd against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, a promo has been released focusing on what the home nation has waiting for the tourists.
Simply put, it will raise the hair on your neck and the pressure in your veins.
Take a look.
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) May 5, 2017
So for those who weren’t acquainted with the challenges facing the Lions this summer, there should now be no delusions about just how difficult this tour is going to be.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
On the Oval Office rugby podcast this week, we hear from Gordon D’Arcy and Nick Evans, and talk PRO12, Premiership and Lions midfield.