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Lions can cope with the heat says Farrell

George North cooling down in Honk Kong ©

May 31, 2013

Andy Farrell, British and Irish Lions assistant coach, is adamant that the squad can deal with the heat when the 2013 Tour kicks off in Honk Kong tomorrow.

"The players have coped very well when they have trained in these very hot conditions, so it won't be a problem whatsoever," Farrell said.

"Once they are in the middle of the game, they are thinking about rugby, not heat and exhaustion."

The squad have been training in Hong Kong all week and wellness tests, including urine samples and weighing, before and after each match has seen vast improvement as the week goes on.

Temperatures are set to reach 30C at kick-off, with humidity at 80-90%.

"It is good for the boys to do something different, get out in the sun and humidity and sweat a bit," Farrell said. "They have adapted fantastically well, and trained very intensely. They are all itching for a game now."

"This squad are in brilliant nick after the weeks we had in Wales and Ireland to get them up to match intensity.

"I wouldn't expect them to be fantastically in tune but I would expect an intensity that the Barbarians may struggle with."


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