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None of the tourists would start for New Zealand, but that won't define Test duels

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The Lions are in Rotorua where they'll face one of the strongest Maori All Black sides ever assembled tomorrow night.

Gatland said Warburton is in a contest for a starting place in the Lions Test side.

The Lions will have just one game after this weekend's fixture in Rotorua, against the Chiefs, before facing the All Blacks on June 17. George Kruis 4. Maro Itoje 3.

"He fully understands that loose forward trio went outstandingly well against the Crusaders".

"The Ireland fly-half was disappointing against the Provincial Barbarians but looked more assured when coming on for Jonathan Davies in the victory over the Crusaders". Leigh Halfpenny starts at full-back. "But this tour isn't about him, it's about putting the squad first".

Hansen said: "The Samoans are always a challenge and will play with a high level of physicality and skill".

"I suppose sometimes I sit back and think about my transition into the game, how some people think it has come along quickly, [and] for me it probably doesn't feel that quick but I'm still proud of the steps I've taken", Te'o said.

"You've got to do it justice not just for yourself but for everyone".

"It's a way maybe of paying them back for the hard work they put into me", says O'Mahony of his latest honour.

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.

Warburton led the Lions to a disappointing 23-22 loss to the Highlanders midweek and coach Warren Gatland opted instead to hand flanker O'Mahony the skipper's armband.

Both will start in a full strength side named by All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen, with captain Kieran Read the only noticeable absentee as the No.8 continues to recover from the broken thumb he suffered at the start of May, meaning that Hurricanes back-row Ardie Savea is given the chance to impress at the base of the scrum.

He played for Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League competition, winning a premiership in 2014, and represented Queensland seven times in State of Origin - helping them to secure the final two of their eight consecutive series wins. Aaron Smith will start after a horror end to last season, marred by publicity around a tryst with a woman in an airport toilet. The Lions lost to the Maori when the teams last met in 2005.

Getting in the faces of New Zealand teams and smashing them early is the key for the British and Irish Lions' success according to the Manawatu Turbos' resident Irishman Harrison Brewer.

Watch the Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Saturday from 8am.

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