Beaten British & Irish Lions coach in 2005, Sir Clive Woodward, has congratulated 2017 coach Warren Gatland for getting his side into the best possible position to pull off 'the greatest achievement in team sport' against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.
All Blacks captain and No.8 Kieran Read is well aware of the expectations from New Zealand's rugby public for what is the toughest game the side have faced at Eden Park since the 2011 Rugby World Cup final when they take on the British & Irish Lions on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has achieved success on the back of promotion of players he feels are ready for Test rugby and wing Rieko Ioane fits that bill for the first Test of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series at Eden Park on Saturday.
British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has demonstrated his intent to take on the All Blacks up front by opting for the experience of Alun Wyn Jones at lock ahead of rising star Maro Itoje for the first Test in Auckland on Saturday.
Both British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland and the captain for the night hooker Rory Best were determined their game against the Chiefs would make a statement rather than reflecting disappointment of possible non-Test players.