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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has accused New Zealand players of "diving blindly" at the legs of Conor Murray after the scrumhalf's box kicks during the first test.

WHILE WARREN GATLAND understands how motivated his players will be to bounce back against the All Blacks in the second Test, it seems unlikely that the entire starting XV will survive after the first Test defeat in Auckland.

Courtney Lawes has had a good tour, particularly in defensive line-outs, and many would hope he is in the mix against the All Blacks in five days' time, while fellow lock Iain Henderson has been talked of highly.

Alun Wyn Jones was replaced by Maro Itoje after less than 50 minutes of a frustrating showing against the All Blacks.

Elsewhere George Kruis, who played 80 minutes on Saturday, is named on the bench, with Gatland intimating that it was exclusively down to rotation - and nothing more - with Alun Wyn Jones covering against the Chiefs in the 34-6 win.

Four players have been released by the All Blacks to play for the Hurricanes.

Savea, along with Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita will start for the Hurricanes in the final midweek fixture of the tour.

Gatland, like he had done against the Chiefs is adamant Test places can still be earned, with certain elements of the First Test performance frustrating him.

George North and Tommy Seymour have been named on the wings, Jonathan Joseph at centre alongside Robbie Henshaw and Jack Nowell at full-back, with Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half and Dan Biggar at No10.

Replacements: 16-Kristian Dacey, 17-Alan Dell, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-George Kruis, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Finn Russell, 23-Jared Payne.

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"He said to keep your head on and keep on putting in performances".

"I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full-on tackled him. Maybe I'll slot myself in there tomorrow, just in case!"

"I guess he might be a bit desperate but I'm not sure why he is saying it".

"I wouldn't expect it to be a topic of conversation with officials because it wasn't in the game", Hansen added. But will it get me selected?

It was the second Test against New Zealand 12 years ago, and the All Blacks were in rampant form, running out 48-18 winners.

"But there are things we can work on particularly hard this week and definitely improve on taking the chances and being more accurate at the breakdown". There were a couple of golden moments that we could have taken and we just switched off when they caught us on a quick tap penalty for a try.

The Lions will want to at least match the physicality of last Saturday, but they also can not attempt to play the All Blacks way, because the rugby in the country is in many ways different from the rugby in the northern hemisphere. That is something we will have a look at in a lot of detail this week.

"Everyone wants to get off the line and hit people, especially when you're in that kind of game". "It's a three-match series and to win it you've got to win two of them".

"We are not happy with a loss at all".