The hotly anticipated Lions‘ tour of New Zealand is fast approaching, and the excitement will reach fever pitch across the four nations, with a squad of huge talent threatening to claim a victory against the All Blacks.
While a series win would be fanciful to say the least, due to England’s re-emergence as the world’s second best team and Ireland’s slaying of New Zealand last year, it means that there is a genuine excitement/expectation surrounding the team. Along with this, there are some very talented and creative Welsh players going, and, of course, George North has rediscovered his form of late.
With two teams of incredibly talented players about to go head-to-head, everyone is looking forward to three tests that showcase the best of the game, all the while being played in the best spirit ever, said no one, ever. The All Blacks have a reputation to uphold, and, with this in mind, which players need to beware of the ‘B.O.D treatment’ on this tour?
A Lions tour is never one which is seen through without any injuries. Especially against the All Blacks, it is likely they will get a lot of big tackles, straying fingers and flying boots. The last tour of New Zealand saw Brian O’Driscoll subjected to some horrendous treatment, with his tour over before it ever really began.
With so many talented players contesting this tour, it is a chance to see two superb teams battle each other this summer. Whether it is played completely evenly is debatable, but, irrespective of under-hand tactics or the targeting of players, New Zealand are the best because they play at such a high level consistently, and the Lions must somehow find a way to match them.