Prop Tadhg Furlong is among the Lions who faced the All Blacks for Ireland last year and knows the physical battle they must win to make history in Auckland
It is cold and clear in beautiful central Otago, the home of bungee jumping, fruit orchards and fine wine making. The British and Irish Lions are starting their week at leisure in jet boats, off-road vehicles and helicopters but the most important night of their rugby lives is fast approaching. By the time they transfer back up to Auckland they need to be fully focused on the All Blacks and, specifically, how to beat them twice in a row.
Winning a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in his heyday or shooting 63 in the final round to win the Open at Royal Birkdale would be simpler than defeating the All Blacks in a series-defining Test in Auckland where the home side have not lost in 23 years. The good news for the Lions is that Saturday’s 24-21 victory over New Zealand has given them a shot at one of the game’s ultimate prizes.
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