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Lions up for massive Springbok challenge



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The British and Irish Lions team to face the Springboks has finally been named and a few of the players have already spoken about how they want to do the British and Irish Lions jersey justice and how they want to play the game.

Most pundits feel that the game will be won or lost as the breakdown and Jamie Heaslip says that the Lions want to be agressive in this area.

“We have to be aggressive at the breakdown in both attack and defence and hopefully come out on top.” said Heaslip.

“There are some grey areas at the breakdown with the new laws with the tackler being given a lot more leeway.”

“I want to do the jersey proud and I think we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

“It’s been a great year for me so far with the Irish Grand Slam and Leinster winning the Heineken Cup and so winning the Test series would be a great way to round things off.” added Heaslip.

Tom Croft who was not part of the orginal squad but has made the test team says that he wants to show that he is more than a second rower.

“I’ve always been a fully paid up member of the back row club, even though I’ve appeared in the second row for Leicester and England. Now I guess everyone will see I’m a back row forward.” said Croft.

“With Leicester I tend to play a more expansive role in my position, but here it is more about the close quarter stuff. I’m enjoying that role.

“As a No 6 you need a No 7 who can shift off the back of the line-out and David Wallace can certainly do that. He has got great ball skills and is a good runner.” Croft added.

British and Irish Lions captain Paul O’Connell says that the spirit in the squad is good and that the Lions will need every bit of help they can get even if it comes from the fans who are already gathering in Durban for the first test.  

“It’s a great team, our focus is good, we know what we are doing and I think we’ve got a great chance.

“We had a good training session today and the spirit is there. The next few days are going to be important in ticking off the little details that can make such a big difference.

“When we’ve got the little things right on this tour we’ve looked a very good side. “


“But we know the Springboks are the best team in the world, a really serious side who are going to provide us with a massive challenge.”


“The Lions fans are a massive part of the whole Lions experience and we’ve already seen and heard them in Durban.”


“Every bit of help you can get on a Lions tour is gratefully received and hopefully they can help us to do it.”

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