As the British and Irish Lions warm up for Saturday’s showdown with the All Black’s at Eden Park history at least is not on their side.
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The New Zealand team have not been beaten at the stadium in Auckland for 23 years, not since France’s Jean-Luc Sadourny scored the “try from the end of the world” to claim a famous victory in 1994.
Something pretty special will probably be needed for the Lions to end the All Black’s winnning streak in the first of three tests.
But the Lions do have a new captain.
Nicknamed the “Munster Mongrel” after the Irish team he plays for as well as for his dogged approach to playing, 27 year old Peter O’Mahony believes they can win if they pull out all the stops.