Watch: Lions rugby team go off-piste in new Land Rover Discovery video

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Watch the British & Irish Lions head off-road in Land Rovers.

Members of the British & Irish Lions team who weren't taking the field against the Maori All Blacks on June 17 instead took some time out to test-drive the new Land Rover Discovery at Off Road New Zealand.

Players who got behind the wheel included James Haskell, Jonathan Joseph, Rory Best, Tommy Seymour and Rhys Webb.

It's all in a good cause, of course. Land Rover head office is the "principal partner" of the Lion tour and the Kiwi distribution arm has worked with the factory to put 40 liveried cars on the road for logistical support while the team is in NZ - until Saturday July 8, its final test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Tackle this: James Haskell drives the new Land Rover Discovery in Rotorua.
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Tackle this: James Haskell drives the new Land Rover Discovery in Rotorua.

Featured vehicle at Off Road NZ was the all-new Discovery, which was only launched here last month.

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It's built on Jaguar Land Rover's new aluminium monocoque platform which contributes to a weight saving of up to 260kg over the previous D4 models and powered by 3-litre turbocharged V6 diesel or supercharged V6 petrol engines.

Land Rover ambassador Will Greenwood (second left) talks to Justin Tipuric, Tommy Seymour and James Haskell.
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Land Rover ambassador Will Greenwood (second left) talks to Justin Tipuric, Tommy Seymour and James Haskell.

The air suspension offers up to 283mm ground clearance (up 43mm on the previous model), 500mm of wheel articulation, and a 900mm wading depth.

Pricing for the diesel and petrol models is the same. The range starts with the SE at $114,900, moves up to the HSE at $126,990, and onwards to the HSE Luxury at $136,900.

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