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While You Were Sleeping: Lions Images From Training Session In Torrential Rain

While you were sleeping, the British and Irish Lions arrived at Toll Stadium in Whangarei ahead of the first match of this year’s Tour – a clash with New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. 

The squad were put through their paces in torrential conditions where the rain just wouldn’t let up throughout the training session. It promises to be an interesting battle on Saturday morning with the conditions likely to play a major factor.

There was designated kicking practice for Owen Farrell, Jonathan Sexton and Greg Laidlaw and it provided for some excellent photo opportunities.

Yep, it looks pretty damn wet and in fact, the conditions have deteriorated to such an extent that the latest media update from New Zealand tells us that filming of the Barbarians training has been pushed back to 3pm (local time) due to the adverse weather.

So if you are feeling a little bit annoyed that you are not down in New Zealand following the Lions, maybe take some solace in the fact that the weather in Ireland and the UK is certainly better than what they are experiencing down under.

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