British and Irish Lions unchanged for decisive third Test against New Zealand

The British and Irish Lions have named an unchanged team and bench for the third and decisive Test against New Zealand.

It means they will field the same starting XV in consecutive Tests for the first time since 1993.

Sam Warburton again captains the side from the blind-side flank.

Victory on Saturday at Eden Park – where New Zealand have not lost since 1994 – would give the Lions only their second ever series win in New Zealand.
British and Irish Lions unchanged for decisive third Test against New Zealand

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The British and Irish Lions have named an unchanged team and bench for the third and decisive Test against New Zealand.

It means they will field the same starting XV in consecutive Tests for the first time since 1993.

Sam Warburton again captains the side from the blind-side flank.

Victory on Saturday at Eden Park – where New Zealand have not lost since 1994 – would give the Lions only their second ever series win in New Zealand.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland, who saw his side win 24-21 win in Wellington last week to level the series, said: “It is not very often on a Lions tour that you get to pick the same 23 for the following game.

“We felt we should reward the players for the result and the courage that they showed in coming from behind from 18-9 down, digging themselves out of a hole and then finishing strongly in that last 10 to 15 minutes [to win the second Test].”

The selection means Scottish players will not have played a single minute in the three Tests.
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