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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 July, 2005, 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK
Lions in NZ tour blog
With just two days to go before the final game of the tour, coach Sir Clive Woodward has named his side for the third Test against New Zealand.

England winger Mark Cueto and Ireland full-back Geordan Murphy are in the side.

Send us your thoughts on how the tour has gone and what we can expect from the final match of the series.

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0555 BST: Undercover Kiwi
While many in Great Britain and Ireland are waiting for the inside story of the Lions tour once the players are freed from the PR shackles of Alistair Campbell, there is a book due out in New Zealand which could open a can of worms. Justin Marshall is in the final stages of his book and the outspoken halfback will no doubt have a few choice words to say. Mind you, he is a half-back and they're always a gobby lot.

0832 BST: Matt, Hong Kong
Euge, do you remember the first Test when Wilkinson ran a mile offside to tackle a nullify a three-man overlap to stop a try? Or when O'Connell ran into the ruck from the wrong side, when all Jack had to do was pass the ball to score a try? This blog is supposed to be about experiences, not myopic lions fans having a pop at NZ discipline and fair play.

0754 BST: Bongo, Bath, on tour in NZ
If any of you Lions supporters are at a loose end in Auckland, you MUST get up to Browns Bay... 20 mins drive north of Auckland city. There is a petshop called Animal Ark which has (real) dogs playing rugby in the window... four dogs dressed in Lions jerseys and four dressed in All Blacks jerseys. There is even a dog dressed as a referee. Brilliant! These Kiwis sure love their rugby!

0735 BST: Patrick Greally, Wellington
I have really enjoyed the British and Irish Lions Tour, not because the All Blacks have played well and won, but because of the humour, good nature and good spirited behaviour of the Lions supporters. It's supporters like these that makes Rugby a thouroughly enjoyable game to watch If there was an award for supporters they would get the gold medal.

0712 BST: Shore Boy, Auckland
I agree that most of the brickbats from NZers being aimed at the Lions team, but not the supporters, stem from genuine disappointment. The pre-tour hype from the northern hemisphere led us to believe that we were getting a team that was on a par in substance, if not style, with the legendary 1971 Lions. Instead we got a series which effectively died last Saturday. I believe the Lions will go for it bigtime on Saturday and try to restore some credibility to their reputation, with a narrow win to the All Blacks. I was lucky enough to see the 1971 Lions side. Please, please, send us something like that again in 12 years time. The weather in Auckland is damp and cloudy and the forecast is for an improvement over the next few days and a good chance of a dry evening for the Test. Lions supporters are now out in numbers in the city and all seem to be enjoying themselves.

0555 BST: Undercover Kiwi
Expect some changes to the All Blacks squad for the Tri-Nations when it is named on Sunday. There are a lot of players nursing niggling injuries after an intensely physical series so many of those who featured for the Junior All Blacks may be drafted in for the games against Australia and South Africa. At least they are young enough to recover - the oldest player in Saturday's forward pack was 27-year-old prop Greg Somerville. It will be interesting to see what this team will be like when they mature!

0134 BST: Lloyd, Cheshire, UK
I went to Wellington for the Test and had a blast. As a Kiwi living in England I have copped it big time since the World Cup. It was a pleasure to see the AB's win the series in style but it was as big a pleasure to share a few beers with the fantastic Lions supporters in NZ. They are having a ball and are doing the shirt proud.

0045 BST: Euge, Alicante, Spain
Remember the brilliant Carter try in the second Test when he did a grubber kick into the corner, swept past Lewsey and scored in the corner. Lewsey pulled out of the tackle because Carter was not holding the ball. I wonder if it had been Lewsey running through to score, would the AB tackler have pulled out of the tackle as fair play demands. Of course not!! Better a warning from the awful ref than give five points away to the opposition.

0009 BST: Carolyn Richardson, Merseyside
My boyfriend Steve and his mate Paul are going for a day trip to watch the final Test. They will be leaving on Thursday but will be back in work in Liverpool on Monday. They'll be cheering the boys on no matter what the scoreline is.





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