New Zealand is never an easy place to win. The passion of the fans and the players is obvious from as soon as you land in the airport. There is a certain legacy of playing for the All Blacks and you can feel it in the air. However the Lions players cannot afford for that to overwhelm them; if they can do that then their task of winning a series becomes a lot easier.
The off field decisions will play as big a part as the on field. Warren Gatland must pick the best squad possible for the tests. It must be based completely on form, not the popularity of the player. For example say one the big name players are playing poorly, Gatland must step up and drop them to the bench or from the squad altogether (which ever is necessary). You cannot take massive risks as you only have 3 tests every 4 years!
If the Lions lose a warm game they must not fret. The warm up games are all about trying things out like different combinations awaiting the test series. However, Gatland needs to decide a rough test team early on so they can gel. He has to make sure that the first test is not the first time that that 23 has played together.
In a nutshell, there is a lot more pressure on Gatland compared to Australia back in 2013 but if he gets it right, the British and Irish Lions could make history.
Test 1 – New Zealand
Test 2 – British and Irish Lions
Test 3 – British and Irish Lions