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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Lions in NZ tour blog
With the Lions aiming to bounce back from the controversial first Test, we want to hear from people out in New Zealand.

The Lions have picked an exciting team for the second Test so has the mood improved in New Zealand?

Or are Kiwis still in bullish mood ahead of the make-or-break contest?

To contribute, use the form on the right or text 'Lions' plus your message to 81111. Texts are charged at operators' standard tariffs. The service is not available from NZ.

If you want to talk about the tour generally or specific Lions issues with fellow fans, please visit our dedicated message boards.

LATEST UPDATES FROM FANS, REPORTERS, PUNDITS & PLAYERS

1550 BST: Andy, Dublin
Well Martin from Aberdeen, Paul may be xenophobic but at least he didn't show his ignorance. It's the British AND Irish Lions. In case you didn't know Ireland got independence from Britain nearly 100 years ago!

1542 BST: Ghana Gurung, Zurich, Switzerland
I am a Nepali Kiwi and have been an ABs supporter since my days in NZ from the mid-1980s and thoroughly enjoyed the first Test live in one of Zurich's pubs - the Oliver Twist. It looks like Sir Clive Woodward has picked a better team for the second Test... let's see the result. It is interesting to read all the whining about Tana not saying sorry to the Lions' captain, despite the jury proving nothing wrong. But why there is no sorry from the Lions when it was proved Keven Mealamu was bitten... a bit unfair don't you think? Let's not moan about things that go on in the game, and enjoy the second Test. Good luck Lions, I want to see a bunch of Lions roaming the field, not 15 little cats. Take on the ABs and give us a good game - that is what we supporters want and the contest is all about. At the end, someone has to win and of course I hope it will be the ABs!

1428 BST: Martin, Aberdeen, Scotland
Dear Paul from Scotland - its just that type of xenophobic comment that makes our countrymen look stupid. I agree Cusiter should have been in the 22(he is from Aberdeen after all!) but he isn't so lets deal with it. Just as well everybody else isn't as reticent - there'd be nobody there! C'mon the BRITISH Lions whatever part of the Isles you're from!

1255 BST: Paul Valentine, Scotland
Still supporting the All Blacks. I just don't feel represented by English, Welsh and Irishmen.

1204 BST: Ken Gooding, Gisborne NZ
Why is rugby so important to us? To quote David Kirk, ex-AB Captain, "because its personal". You beat the ABs and you beat every Kiwi in NZ. You slander our captain, you slander us. When you come up with reasons why you lose instead of how good we played, it belittles our effort.

1134 BST: Browner, Wellington, NZ
Lions supporters have filled the city to capacity, but there is only exemplary behaviour on show in the many brimming bars. As a Pom living in NZ it was great to see so many enjoying themselves around the harbour on a perfect winter's day today. No wind at all today, and a repeat tomorrow should ensure a great game of rugby.

1018 BST: Undercover Kiwi
The continued omission of Martyn Williams from the Lions' Test side is surprising New Zealanders. They've been impressed with the way Williams plays, similar to a Kiwi flanker, but Lewis Moody, who gets the nod for the second Test, has been less conspicuous.

1001 BST: Terry Thompson, Kaikoura, New Zealand
A big thank you to the Lions fans who stayed at my motels in Kaikoura for the last couple of weeks. They were a pleasure to have staying. I feel that they want to enjoy this Lions tour as they have spent a fortune on being part of this tour. A "plea" to the managers and coaches, please stop the moaning and whingeing as it is now affecting your very own supporters.

0900 BST: Sion Lloyd-Jones, Mighty Wales
Reference Alastair Campbell: Taking him on a Lions tour must surely be one of the Lions' lowest points ever. Rugby doesn't need his kind, surely his massive fees could have been spent on developing mini-rugby?? Spin the ball, not the wallet fattening hype!

0849 BST: Danny McNicholl, Cheshire
My son is in NZ on tour and loving it all. Please Kiwis, lay off on the whining jibe. Spot the AB in the last 10 or 20 years EVER punished after the event?? POMS plenty!!

0847 BST: Sir Clive Woodward, speaking at a news conference in Wellington, is very clear about what is needed to win.
This is international rugby; whenever you play teams like Australia and New Zealand the front five has to win quality ball otherwise it's very, very difficult to win. I'm sure the front five will turn up on Saturday, if they don't we won't win.

The midweek team's response to losing the first test match was incredibly positive and that has put us all in a positive mood. We knew that there was something fundamentally wrong and now we get the chance to change it but this is a one-off, there's no more second chances.

We're in a corner, there's no underestimating that.

0840 BST: Roy Price, NZ
I'm totally torn between two viewpoints. One part of me would like to see a 3-0 whitewash, but the other half says, I'd like to see the Lions fans in NZ rewarded for the faith they've shown in travelling here. They've been absolutely wonderful, with nothing but praise wherever they travel. Can't say that Mr Woodward is very popular with either set of supporters, but to go to a tie-breaker would be a fitting finale to the tour (courtesy of a try in the corner, in the last minute).

0705 BST: Rick, Wellington, NZ
Well, Wellington is bursting at the seams with Brits - it's almost like being back home - and spirits are high. Personally I wish the Brit media would stop sniping about the spear-tackle on O'Driscoll and the criticising of Umaga. The only thing the ABs will respect AND which will silence the Kiwi media about 'whingeing' is a thorough victory at the Westpac 'Caketin'. Surprised to see Marshall dropped - hopefully that will make the job easier for the Lions to take the ABs apart. Good luck to Gareth Thomas and the rest of the Lions - make us Pommies who actually live here proud, lads!

0632 BST: Geoff, Sutton Coldfield
We have been here since the end of May! This is a message to all the people who have turned up just for the Test matches: Do not boo any of our players when the come on, or swear at all the English players! We travelled 12,000 miles to have a great time, meet people and support our team, not have a whinge! Show some respect for that red shirt. Whoever is wearing it has earned it and deserves our support!! Lets get behind them for the last games please!

0559 BST: Greg Johnston, Baku, Azerbaijan
Please, don't let them sing that Lions song, it's terrible.

0430 BST: Scottie, Englishman in Oz, Melbourne
Off to the airport shortly, arrive in Wellington at midnight. Meeting my girlfriends folks (Kiwi's) for the first time tonight and then off to the game with them tomorrow. I will have only known them a day when I hope to be getting stuck into them about a Lions victory. Come on lads, do us proud! Go the Lions...

0314 BST: Murray, Auckland, NZ
Staff at a NZ airport were perplexed when it seemed they were unable to turn the engines off on the Lions plane. The whining noise was eventually traced to Eddie O'Sullivan!

0304 BST: Geoff H, Bay of Plenty
As a Kiwi I've been looking forward to this tour and some good, hard battles out on the rugby field. Unfortunately, it has become a battle between the British/Irish and NZ media - Goebbels would have been proud of the propaganda that has been fired out by both sides. This tour is turning into a farce of bitching and moaning. Well done to the Lions fans, you've been welcomed with open arms and are determined to enjoy yourselves regardless of the results - no spin just a grin. You are the highlight of the tour so far.

0014 BST: Steve, Wellington Kiwi, Wellington
Wellington is abuzz with anticipation of the second Test. City is full of Lions supporters who are fantastic ambassadors for the UK - here for a good time and contributing mightily to the carnival atmosphere. Hopefully someone will have a quiet word with SCW and Alistair Campbell and tell them we are all embarrassed (for them) at the continuous whingeing and bleating - not a good look and does the wonderful supporters an injustice. Pray for dry pitch and the privilege of watching the AB's number one backline cut loose.

0003 BST: Andrew, Wellington NZ
I'm just as outraged as Eddie O'Sullivan. Poor Kevin Mealamu hasn't even had a phone call from Danny Grewcock to apologise for biting his fingers... but then again the All Blacks don't have to deflect attention from their losses





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