Tommy Seymour savours 'surreal' first British and Irish Lions experience

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Best will head to New Zealand in 11 days' time as part of the British and Irish Lions squad, just six months after he skippered Ireland to a famous victory over the All Blacks in Chicago.

Chief operating officer Charlie McEwen says they can start planning a women's team after they have sorted out the men's schedule for the next 12 years.

"We had that belief to beat them and a mentality to attack". We've got to go out there with ambition - there's no point in sitting on our heels and hoping you're going to have a physical confrontation with them.

"We've got to be willing to go through a lot of pain to beat this side", BBC Sport quotes him as saying.

"This New Zealand side is really hard to beat, they have so many weapons and if you don't score against them it is very hard to beat them".

Best said that the Lions had to emulate Ireland's tactics and suffocate the All Blacks with constant pressure to win.

"There is more than one way to skin a cat". Whatever way we go, it is important everyone buys into it and adds something to it. "Maybe we will do it slightly differently to Chicago".

The Lions have only claimed one Test series triumph in their long history against New Zealand, and that was 46 years ago, which underlines the degree of difficulty facing Best and company.

Hooker Ken Owens will face a fitness test before the tour after being ruled out of PRO12 club Scarlets' play-off game on Friday with an ankle injury.

"They are world champions, the number one team in the world for a reason", he said. To beat them as a national side is hard, but to come together as a best of four nations will be a real challenge.

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