Members of the 2017 British and Irish Lions should use their tour of New Zealand as a stepping stone for their respective Rugby World Cup campaigns of 2019.
It was the first British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand of the professional era and the 2005 version was like nothing New Zealand rugby had ever witnessed.
New Zealand Rugby is anticipating the 2017 tour by the British & Irish Lions will be an even bigger event than the blockbuster tour of 2005.
An unprecedented schedule of 20 matches over two years, including a 10 match series against the British & Irish Lions, has been announced by New Zealand Rugby today.
John Spencer will once again be a British & Irish Lion, 46 years after he toured as a player, following his appointment as tour manager for 2017.