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'Losing Barbarians game is not an option', according to Gatland

The Lions players in a huddle during training ©

May 31, 2013

The British and Irish Lions kick off their tour on Saturday with a contest against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, before traveling down under to Australia.

The build up to tomorrow has involved some intense conditioning work at their pre-tour training camps in Wales and Ireland, which should prove decisive. And losing is not an option according to coach Warren Gatland. 

"We want to go out and play rugby, and be positive about the way we play," said head coach Warren Gatland. "We will move the ball, we want to score lots of tries. We want to go and show the Australian public what we are capable of.

"But the whole focus is about coming back with a Test series win, and if we need to be pragmatic, then we will do that as well. We feel we have a squad with the ability to play any type of game, whatever conditions are thrown at us."

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