Lions want to prey on All Blacks

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November 9, 2016
Lions want to prey on All Blacks

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Former Lions star Stuart Barnes says Ireland’s win over the All Blacks is likely to send reverberations through to next year’s British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Barnes says: “Suddenly there are a whole lot of Irishmen who can put their hands up and say, ‘pick me, I’m not afraid of them’. It is a psychological boost for the hemisphere.

“Now the trick is to forget it [the win] and for Ireland to become the elite rugby nation they have threatened to become but never quite achieved through the era of Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Declan Kidney and Joe Schmidt.”

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