Ulster's Lions set to roar in Tour opener

"Enjoying the tour is going to be important".

"In the past the All Blacks have tended to concentrate on themselves, they haven't anxious too much about who they're playing against".

Consequently the opening match against players from New Zealand's semi-professional provincial competition will be eagerly watched as a sign of what to expect from the touring party.

The former Ireland head coach revealed that the players starting the game have known they would be chosen for a week and the game gives them a chance to set the right tone for their upcoming games.

Wales boss Warren Gatland, who coached the Lions to victory in Australia four years ago, is the man tasked with trying to emulate the success of the 1971 Lions, who remain the only team to have beaten the All Blacks in 11 attempts. It's our job to come here, play good rugby and earn respect.

All three Scottish players in the squad - fullback Stuart Hogg, wing Tommy Seymour and scrumhalf Laidlaw - have been named to start the match that kicks off at 9.35am SA time on Saturday.

Gavin said: "You posted a video on Youtube about why you should be selected, and I got an interview". "Given the limited preparation time we have and other challenges we've faced, it would be ludicrous of us to fight fire with fire". "I will need a good few games before I start hitting my straps but we all know that every game is a massive audition for the test matches".

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There are reputations to be made and changed here.

"We are all hugely excited about the first game on tour", Gatland said. 'We've got some pace, footwork and the ability in some positions to cause some surprises.

"That might just have been an offload or someone does something special".

But it was the style of rugby on show that Fitzpatrick believes will have alerted the world champions to ready themselves for battle ahead of the three-Test series, which gets under way on June 24.

"We have been a little bit at the mercy of the Super Rugby squads in terms of who can be released and through injuries", McMillan added.

"We recognise it's going to be a hard game but we have plenty to play for and the boys can't wait to get out there". There's no hiding from that fact.

Collective motivation will be reinforced by personal agendas. Out wide, Anthony Watson must provide the work-rate to supplement his slick finishing.

Ross Moriarty - predominantly utilised as a number eight for Wales during the Six Nations - is deployed at flanker in an all-Welsh back row that also features Warburton and Taulupe Faletau. But Rory Best has a decent shot, too, as one of the squad's two fit hookers - with Ken Owens still in rehab mode.

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