New Zealand v Samoa: Three Barrett brothers in All Blacks squad

All Blacks eye Samoa 'battle' to fine-tune for Lions

Fullback Ben Smith is to lead the side in place of Read, while Aaron Smith, who went through a form lapse previous year, has been restored as the first-choice scrumhalf.

Hansen said he believed Gatland, with 40 players already on tour, was about to send for reinforcements to have two completely different squads.

Farrell had been named on the bench for the match in Rotorua on Saturday but has since been replaced. Gatland still wants them to play.

England fly-half Farrell suffered a minor thigh strain in training on Thursday, ruling him out of Saturday's tour match against an imposing Maori All Blacks side in Rotorua. "They've just got to gel and keep working together". Tonga welcomes a rare opportunity to play a top tier nation.

"The amount of learning I've taken from them is huge, you'd hope you've picked up a couple of things that they've helped you with and brought them through as well".

"They're like three little kids in a sandpit", assistant coach Ian Foster said. He spent a year out of the game after rupturing his ACL at the 2015 World Cup and though he returned with Munster earlier this season, he had frustrations along the way.

They will also seek to play at pace. O'Connell offered some calming words.

This week's episode of The Hard Yards sees Stephen Ferris, Kev McLaughlin, Kiwi rugby writer Hamish Bidwell, Ladbrokes' Andy Wildig and host Andy McGeady discussing the underwhelming start to the Lions Tour and New Zealand's relationship with prodigal son Warren Gatland.

Even still, the Lions was out of the picture. "It's a night that shouldn't be missed, as I'm picking there will be a lot of great rugby played so get on down there and show your support".

O'Mahony with his daughter Indie.

"I think that's what the tour is all about - taking your lessons, taking your positives and building on them, trying to put them into a bigger performance", O'Mahony said. Sometimes they are unfortunate for other guys but it doesn't matter, you have to be selfish.

"If you look at the basics of our game, we haven't changed much either from when I took over".

He said: "We're all aware that you get one or two chances, and some people were lucky and for whatever reason you may be involved in a combination that goes really well".

As for his global allegiance, Brewer said if he ever makes to test level it would be a case of "whoever comes knocking first".

Off the pitch, it has been a new experience for him leaving his one-year-old daughter Indie at home. O'Mahony started and went on to claim the man-of-the-match award.

"There's only 800-odd fellas who've ever been capped for the Lions so it's a special time".

The Maori All Blacks is a historic team in New Zealand which dates back to 1888, then called the New Zealand Natives, and were the first to wear the famous black jersey. A certain Munster spirit.

Tomorrow, he leads the tourists into battle against the Maori and Warren Gatland has said that the job is up for grabs if he plays well.

"It was a good game of footie on Tuesday night in Dunedin and both teams participated in that and it could have gone either way".

"There's no time to be looking around thinking, "oh how good is this", just being happy where I am; it's all about going out there and challenging".

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