Lions tour: Tour diary

The Lions will play 10 games in New Zealand, including three tests against the All Blacks, and Crowe said the tour was generating global interest.

Two-time British and Irish Lions tourist Phil Vickery believes the condition of Warren Gatland's forwards going into the first Test will be central to their chances of success in New Zealand.

The 28-year-old Welsh flank will start alongside three national captains - Wales' Alun Wyn Jones, Ireland's Rory Best and Scotland's Greig Laidlaw.

"There is some real experience there with Rory Best, Alun Wynn Jones and Johnny Sexton, and Sam as captain", Gatland added.

"The advantage of the team we have selected is that the players were together in the first week in Wales", Gatland said on Thursday.

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I am truly excited the Lions have such a good squad and will be playing quality opposition.

"The unique and special occasion for bringing this team together has forced the boys to bond quite quickly, and they've enjoyed a fantastic week here in Whangarei".

The last Lions visit in 2005 contributed more than NZ$250 million (US$177.48 million) in economic activity and provided an additional NZ$25 million to the host union.

And Gatland Senior wants his Lions to kick-start their gruelling 10-match tour on the front foot by heaping the pressure on the Barbarians. Among the replacements, Jared Payne was ruled out last night with a calf injury and replaced by Elliot Daly.

"I'd gone to Japan the year before so I missed the opportunity. but (Saturday's game) is not about making up for lost opportunities as a player".

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All Blacks' disinterest in opponents is nothing new and hardly harms their approach - Brodie Retallick called Courtney Lawes Michael when challenged to name an England player in 2014, but New Zealand still won that Test series.

Gatland is also conscious of the need for diplomacy in his homeland - "You've got be very careful about what you say; as a Kiwi, if you're critical of New Zealand, how isolated we are".

Captain Sam Warburton says the Lions will be focused exclusively on themselves for the upcoming games. "I honestly feel we've got some players with some X-factor to match the All Blacks", he said, suggesting the touring side would be encouraged to play what they see rather than adhere to a rigid plan.

But who will be the key players on such a mammoth tour?

"There's a big responsibility on the experienced players and also the younger players to get the tour off to a good start".

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Former hooker Gatland, who coached the Lions to a Test series win over Australia in 2013, said his son's appearance was "awesome" and the pair enjoyed some banter ahead of the Barbarians match. The Lions should win, but $8.50 for them to win by 12 & under can't be sniffed at. The man from the Sunday Times and I let out a little gasp. The thing we're disappointed in on the domestic side is the preparation time.

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