Former captain Brian O'Driscoll presents Lions with Test shirts

Posted June 24, 2017

Walking down Queen Street towards the ferry terminals in Auckland, every second person appears to be wearing a red jersey or some sort of Lions gear.

O'Driscoll never beat New Zealand in an otherwise storied career, retiring before his country's historic win against them last November.

After months of hype, the time has come for the world champions and Warren Gatland's men to do battle in the first of three Tests at Eden Park this weekend.

Gatland has already said that "records are there to be broken" and that's exactly how Murray and his team-mates are viewing the challenge.

"If you go out and play as well as you can, no one's going to fault you for that", O'Mahony revealed Foley would tell him if he was around to see him lead out the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park on Saturday.

"Gats has made some bold calls", he told Dave McIntyre, adding: "He's never been shy of big calls and I think it's fearless and I think it's the right call".

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

"But if ever there was a team that has the potential - if we click, we're excited about what we can do". The rugby world's eyes are watching, and this team of Steve Hansen's love nothing better than to seize these special moments. The Lions have an incredible defence and line speed which potentially will be able to stop the All Blacks from running rampant, but that's all it will do - stop them from running riot.

The world's current most dominant force became the first side in Test history to pass 15,000 points in their 78-0 Samoa thrashing in their Lions warm-up clash on June 16.

"To play against the All Blacks, you've got to have a strong set-piece because they've traditionally been dominant in that area".

"In Chicago, we kept playing and kept attacking".

"Easier said than done, but you need to maintain that for 80 minutes".

"We have picked a side based on form with a lot of players putting their hands up, especially from the Crusaders and Maori All Blacks games, and it was a lively selection meeting", he said. "It is just a game of rugby, trust your players to go out and play".

Devastated, O'Mahony continued his recovery, returning for Munster and making Ireland's Six Nations squad, now only as a fringe player, making cameo appearances as a replacement against France and Wales. "The lads respect his actions and want to follow him".

"We will have to be pretty physical ourselves and give ourselves opportunities and be good enough to take them".

"For me, from a young age at under-age sides where Pete captained me, he has been the same".

"The pressure and the intensity has gone up a lot of levels".