Farrell confident Lions can tame All Blacks

If replacements are required, though, it will help geographically and logistically that Wales are on tour in New Zealand and Samoa next month while Scotland are in Australia, so reinforcements would not be too far away.

Not to mention the six matches Warren Gatland's men have before stepping out in Auckland for the series opener and another against the Hurricanes prior to the second Test in Wellington.

We know what the British & Irish Lions will be sporting for the Test Series in New Zealand but the hosts' gear has been a closely guarded secret.

"I don't think anybody is going out there just to take part". The ruse worked, with the Lions progressing to win every provincial clash while taking the Test series 3-0.

The series could be decided or still in the air if locked at 1-1 entering the finale at Eden Park.

"I don't think they are arrogant, I think they are well informed and have high expectations of us".

Qantas is the official carrier of the Lions and the entourage will fly to Melbourne aboard an A380 superjumbo and then on another aircraft to New Zealand.

The 2017 Lions arrive in New Zealand on Wednesday and will play one of their 10 tour matches in Christchurch - against Super Rugby's Crusaders - but they will not play at Lancaster Park.

Gatland has brought an extremely talented squad of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh players to New Zealand with him and the sheer quality of the players - even if New Zealand can say the same - is one reason to be optimistic.

As the Lions are en route to New Zealand, Hansen has told the Times in the United Kingdom he believes they will be predictable in how they play and does not feel their coach Warren Gatland is going to have an epiphany.

The match which Gatland is no doubt targeting to catch the All Blacks at their most vulnerable, with the hosts typically slow starters to their worldwide season as the players gel combinations and jettison five different styles of play from Super Rugby. "I'm enjoying it", said Farrell. If the All Blacks can find a way of shipping the ball wide, they will be good and play with their flair.

"The latest report is he is progressing well and in Rory Best and Jamie George, we've got two fully fit hookers". As a player, it is not daunting but challenges you and can be a mental barrier for the opposition.

"When you come to the Test week, and you have to pick the Test team, sometimes it's got feelings of what you've seen".

While Chris Boyd's side will be without their All Blacks, the depth he has built at the 2016 champions means they should barely miss a step against what should essentially be midweek Lions side.

I didn't get to see the Lions win the match 31-12, but their presence made a great impression off the field in the region.

"Having been in the situation of finishing the season on a loss, there could be nothing better than joining the Lions tour where you've then got this fantastic challenge to look forward to, and I know each of those players will be feeling the same", forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Sunday.

  • Julie Sanders