Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions are seeking just their second series win on New Zealand soil in the 129-year history of clashes between touring sides and New Zealand rugby finest. France are the only northern hemisphere nation against whom the All Blacks have a winning percentage below 80.
They were now established in global terms, and further successes against Australia followed, although New Zealand had emerged as their toughest opponents. They lost the series 2-1, but then gained a 2-1, 1997 triumph in South Africa.
But the fact is this is the biggest money spinner outside of the World Cup, and they have to go where the most cash can be made.
"They had a really strong set-piece and driving maul, things New Zealand teams do not come across that much, only against a few South African teams like the Bulls". They are super stars but human, and will struggle to get up to their usual world-class capabilities if selected for the first test.
Jones' attention will turn to his England side as an experimental selection shorn of many Lions talents travel to Argentina for two Tests against the Pumas, the first of which is on June 10.
"We assume Warren's not going to have an epiphany and change the way he plays but we're only assuming that, we're not believing it until we see them play and, with a tour, you do get to see the opposition play a bit, so we'll be able to confirm one or two things prior to that first test".
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"Sean Fitzpatrick had a superb game leading up front", Berg said.
The myth is that New Zealand kick more than any other side in Test rugby. I would not say it is better or worse. "It was pretty emotional visiting the grave of Dave Gallagher".
"As a kid, I spent my time running around when I was at school pretending to be a Lion". The collective talents of rookie prop Kyle Sinckler, whose thunderous gallops have thrilled crowds at Twickenham, and the muscular Ben Teo, who fits the bill of "Warren-ball" perfectly if Sonny Bill Williams makes the All Black XV could well force themselves in time for the first test. CJ Stander is another one to be watched, with a tireless work-rate from the back of the scrum and an eye for the try line.
"For anyone who hasn't been there before, it's a real insight into the thinking behind the All Blacks, and the responsibility they have in upholding the country's rugby traditions".
"I'm so excited to head down there, and if you watch the documentary you will see why". Players like that are important when you are away from home for six weeks. It was a collective effort and we are proud of the result.
An army of between 20,000-40,000 British and Irish rugby enthusiasts now descend upon the host country every four years, turning the city centres of the test venues into a sea of red replica shirts on matchdays.