READ IS FEEL­ING AT HOME

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KIERAN READ in­sists his squad are ready to em­brace the pres­sure that comes with their home record when they take on the Lions in to­day’s first Test. His side are un­beaten in 46 Tests at home and have not lost at Eden Park since 1994 — be­fore wing Rieko Ioane was even born. ‘We will go out there and ex­pect to win,’ said Read. ‘Prob­a­bly every­one in New Zealand will ex­pect us to win but we have got to make sure we go out there and do that — it doesn’t just hap­pen. ‘There is al­ways pres­sure on us, we don’t mind pres­sure. Los­ing would be pretty bad. From our per­spec­tive it is a mas­sive chal­lenge. As All Blacks we want to take that head on and em­brace it.’ He also spoke about the spe­cial na­ture of Eden Park. ‘Essen­tially it is our home,’ he added. ‘We play across the venues in New Zealand but this is prob­a­bly the one we feel the most at home at. We have won the World Cup here.’

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