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1627 BST: Sale Sharks spokesman:
Jason Robinson will catch a plane from Heathrow, bound for New Zealand later today. Jason stayed behind when the Lions tour party left a fortnight ago to be with his wife Amanda, who is expecting a baby in August.

1547 BST: Kevin Lewis, via email
I wish fans (and pundits) ignored both the Kiwi and British press. What matters is what happens on the pitch on the day...I think the Lions are well aware they have lots of work to do, which isn't a problem. It is a long tour and they will sort things out. If a Test were to be played tomorrow, they would lose. But we all know they have time to fix things.

1513 BST: Undercover Kiwi
The All Blacks are keeping everyone guessing as to what their line-up for the first Test will be. Five or six possible All Blacks are with NZ Maori, Joe Rokocoko is with the Sevens squad which means five new faces in the 22 to face Fiji. Two of them make you get out of your seat when they touch the ball. One is Sosene Anesi, a Samoa-born full-back who came to New Zealand in 2000 to attend secondary school and has been dubbed the fastest rugby player in New Zealand - he boasts 10.6secs for 100m. The other is Sitiveni Sivivatu, Rokocoko's cousin. This guy, as one commentator said after the All Blacks trial, is the bomb. Bigger, faster and possibly even more elusive than Rokocoko. How do you defend against that?

1417 BST: Kevin Lewis, via email
I am on holiday in the Dominican Republic and there is no TV coverage here of the Lions. Thank goodness for the internet!

1346 BST: Rich Shuttleworth, via email
Went to BOP game, got up the next morning a bit fuzzy-headed and bought a paper to find out about Dallaglio. Found out the Lions were lucky to win, the pack was destroyed in set-piece and loose, the backs were lacking even the most basic skill needed to open up a defensive line. That Speights must be strong stuff because, while the Lions had a clear quiet spell and a few individuals were well below international standard, I thought there was a lot of good rugby played.

1301 BST: Dave David, via email
The Lions can expect more of the same against Taranaki. I think they have an edge at hooker (Andrew Hore) and wing (Sailosi Tagicikibau.) Chris Masoe and Liefimi Mafi are also very young and promising players with pace on their side.

1218 BST: Natalie, via email from Wellington
It is very sad about Lawrence Dallaglio. I'm sure I speak for a lot of NZ rugby supporters in saying we were greatly looking forward to seeing him up against the All Blacks one last time.

1106 BST: Undercover Kiwi
One person who would be happy to see Dallaglio out of the tour is NZ commentator Murray Mexted. His unique interpretations of the English language have led to a collection of 'Murrayisms'. His pronounciation of the names of New Zealand players of Samoan or Fijian extraction is highly amusing, but he had all the Lions nailed down apart from Dallaglio. Variations of Dayglow, Dallylow, Daglagleo and virtually everything else has been uttered from his lips over the years.

0938 BST: Alex, via email from Christchurch
I can't believe how rude the press has been out here against the Lions, claiming we're ordinary and unprepared. If we said anything like that about the All Blacks immediately we would be labelled jealous and unsportsmanly. The team we have over here are all very new and some are playing for the first time as Lions. I think they did a brilliant job considering.

0817 BST: Simon, via email from Wellington
Great story here about Dallaglio. He made sure that his jumper was left for his Bay of Plenty opponent before going to hospital, knowing that he would not be there to swap it at the end of the game. Great sportmanship, a great man, he must have know it was likely to be his last, but he still honoured a tradition.

0735 BST: Alistair Hignell, Radio Five Live
Lawrence Dallaglio has reasserted his confidence in the Lions' ability to win the Test series without him. He will spend the next 10 to 14 days with the squad before flying home. But he has already set a target for his return to action and says he would be very disappointed if he is not back playing again by October.

0617 BST: James, via email from Australia
How funny that Laurie Mains is being quoted in the press for his opinion on the Lions performance. He's the least successful All Backs coach in living memory.

0528 BST: Mark Davis, via email
Gregor Paul's comments (in the New Zealand Herald - see Sunday's blog) certainly don't reflect the views of most Kiwis. Steve Hansen's comments regarding Lawrence Dallaglio showed clearly the respect with which he and the rest of the Lions are held by people who know what they're talking about. It's great to have the Lions here and the fact you can have a town full of enthusiastic supporters in full cry, but next to no trouble, says a lot for them. Don't be fooled by a few small-minded folks, we're very pleased to have both the team and supporters here.

0328 BST: Richard Jones, via email
My wife and I were both very priveleged to have stayed in the same hotel as the Lions for the opening game of the tour. The majority of the players were signing autographs, however there were a handful of players who refused to do this. These players were actually sitting down when approached by a little boy. I felt the refusal to be very unnesesary and has created a negative image for me of a great team.





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