(RugbyU) All Blacks, Lions to clash in Auckland

"He will stay with us for the next three weeks then go back to his franchise and be back to play when he's rugby ready and fit enough for the rigours of Super Rugby".

The 35-year-old expects there to be a whole new level of intensity at Eden Park on Saturday night, but that doesn't mean he misses being a part of it. British & Irish Lions rugby union first Test match live stream online from the iconic 50,000-seat Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, with streaming video provided by WatchESPN at this link, or by downloading either the WatchESPN or ESPN app to watch a live stream on mobile devices.

The Lions come into the Test series on the back of victories over the Maori All Blacks and the Chiefs, but New Zealand pose an entirely different threat to Warren Gatland's men.

The centre partnership of Ben Te'o and Jonathan Davies, however, looks created to crash over the gainline and tie in New Zealand's back row rather than open up the home defence. "That's the way to beat the All Blacks".

The coach has chosen the pacy England winger Elliot Daly ahead of the more powerful George North and Liam Williams ahead of Leigh Halfpenny at full-back, which may point to a desire to play a more adventurous style. "That is what we have to expect - a team at the top of their powers and coming at us".

"Hey we have a big weekend up here in Bermuda, but we know the All Blacks have got a big weekend down in New Zealand as well", said Burling.

"We have to be physical and give ourselves opportunities".

"If you look at the times we have been held up over the line - I think it is eight".

"I've thought they've just got better and better as the series has gone on".

Brian O'Driscoll presented
the Lions players - including his compatriot Peter O'Mahony who will lead the side out as tour skipper (Sam Warburton starts on the bench) - with their first Test shirts yesterday, 12 years after being spear-tackled out of action against New Zealand as the tourists slipped to defeat in the first 2005 Test in Christchurch.

  • Julie Sanders