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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Odds stacked against Lions levelling series

22 June 2017; Sean O'Brien, left, and Courtney Lawes during a British and Irish Lions training session at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
22 June 2017; Sean O'Brien, left, and Courtney Lawes during a British and Irish Lions training session at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

With Lions head coach Warren Gatland likely to make changes in the pack following last Saturday's first Test defeat against New Zealand, England lock Courtney Lawes could be among those who force themselves into contention.

Backs Liam Williams and Elliot Daly both made the first Test team after impressing against the Chiefs a week ago, which has upped the ante for those players involved against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium today.

Lawes' trademark physical approach - either in the starting line-up or off the bench - could be exactly what the Lions need after New Zealand dominated the collisions and physical battle in Auckland three days ago.

"I don't think you get to this level without having a certain level of physicality. That is an area of my game that is up there, I suppose. But will it get me selected? We'll see," said

Only twice before - in 1899 and 1989 - have the Lions won a Test series after going 1-0 down, and if they fail to strike an equalising victory on Saturday, then the All Blacks series will be all over one game inside the distance.

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