ALL BLACKS vs LIONS Live Streaming: After six tour matches, the British and Irish Lions finally face off against the might of New Zealand in the first Test at Eden Park on Saturday June 24, as they look to make a winning start in their quest for an historic series triumph. Watch ALL BLACKS vs LIONS Live Streaming free First Test on your PC, laptop, Mac, Ipad, Tab, Ps4/3, I-phone Android or any other online device.
It is most properly the most anticipated test series in the modern time rugby as the British and Irish Lions will face-off against the World’s number side in their own back yard.
All these sideshows are done and dusted now and all that is left is for the real test to separate these two quality teams. Allot have been said about Lions coach Gatland but it it was time he made the hard decisions for the better of the team.
The biggest of them all is to not be drawn into selecting his tour captain for the first test but pick the best team who have been showing the form that is needed to take on the All Blacks. Peter O’Mahony will captain the side in the first test which see tour captain Sam Warburton starting on the bench.
For the All Blacks their captain Read is back to lead his team on the field on Saturday which means that Ardie Savea moves to the bench. Ioane have replaced Julian Savea on the left wing as well for this important first test match.
In the midfield Hansen went for Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams which will see Lienert-Brown move to bench. With Barrett at the important ten jumper Hansen have not yet decided who between Cruden or Sopoaga will back him up on the bench, that decision will be made on Friday.
ALL BLACKS: 1.Joe Moody, 2.Codie Taylor, 3.Owen Franks, 4.Brodie Retallick, 5.Samuel Whitelock, 6.Jerome Kaino, 7.Sam Cane, 8.Kieran Read (captain), 9.Aaron Smith, 10.Beauden Barrett, 11.Rieko Ioane, 12.Sonny Bill Williams, 13.Ryan Crotty, 14.Israel Dagg, 15.Ben Smith.
Substitutes: 16.Nathan Harris, 17.Wyatt Crockett, 18.Charlie Faumuina, 19.Scott Barrett, 20.Ardie Savea, 21.TJ Perenara, 22.Aaron Cruden/Lima Sopoaga, 23.Anton Lienert-Brown.
British & Irish Lions: 1.Mako Vunipola, 2.Jamie George, 3.Tadhg Furlong, 4.Alun Wyn Jones, 5.George Kruis, 6.Peter O’Mahony (captain), 7.Sean O’Brien, 8.Taulupe Faletau, 9.Conor Murray, 10.Owen Farrell, 11.Elliot Daly, 12.Ben Te’o, 13.Jonathan Davies, 14.Anthony Watson, 15.Liam Williams.
Substitutes: 16.Ken Owens, 17.Jack McGrath, 18.Kyle Sinckler, 19.Maro Itoje, 20.Sam Warburton, 21.Rhys Webb, 22.Johnny Sexton, 23.Leigh Halfpenny.
For sure this test match and the series will be won and lost at set piece time, without the ball you can have as many skilled players, but they won’t score any tries.
The All Black back line will be a handful but the Lions defence have been brilliant in the last three games. Apart from the forward battle that will be huge, we need to take note that the two best 10’s in the world at this stage will face each other. There play and partnership with their halfbacks will be crucial.
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