Far­rell is­sues Lions ral­ly­ing cry against the All Blacks

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON: Eng­land play­maker Owen Far­rell thinks the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions have a squad ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on any team in the world and will head to New Zealand be­liev­ing they can beat the All Blacks in the three-test se­ries.

Far­rell con­ceded tak­ing on the world cham­pi­ons in their own back yard was a “tough chal­lenge.”

“I don’t think any­body is go­ing out there just to take part,” the forth­right 25-year-old told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Ev­ery­one firmly be­lieves we’re go­ing out to win and that’s the way it should be.

“It’s a bril­liant squad that’s go­ing out there, full of world-class play­ers. If we get it right and make sure we’re on the same page as soon as pos­si­ble, I’d imag­ine this squad would chal­lenge any­one.”

Far­rell is a sec­ond time tourist but played only 17 min­utes off the bench in the third test in Aus­tralia that se­cured a 2-1 vic­tory for the Lions in 2013.

As an in­te­gral part of the Eng­land team which this year equalled the top tier test record of 18 con­sec­u­tive wins un­der Ed­die Jones, Far­rell will be hop­ing he gets more test time in New Zealand.

Jones, how­ever, does not share Far­rell’s con­fi­dence in the Lions. He was par­tic­u­larly scep­ti­cal about their chances if coach War­ren Gat­land de­cides to stick to the game­plan he has re­lied upon as coach of Wales.

“They have picked a cer­tain style of team based on the in­flu­ence of the Welsh coaches,” the Aus­tralian told Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph.

“I think they are look­ing to at­tack like Wales with big, gain­line run­ners and not much ball move­ment. You strug­gle to beat the All Blacks like that.

“You have got to keep the pres­sure on, you have got to ex­ert pres­sure in ar­eas that they don’t like, which is tra­di­tion­ally the close set-piece play, but then have the abil­ity when you cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties, to turn that into points.

“If they win the first test, they win the se­ries. If they don’t, it might be a tough old se­ries.” Reuters

Owen Far­rell

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