Lions Tour: Lock swears Lions will 'get in the All Blacks' faces- just like Ireland'

Ireland lock Iain Henderson says his Lions side can 'get under the All Blacks' skin'.
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Ireland lock Iain Henderson says his Lions side can 'get under the All Blacks' skin'.

The British and Irish Lions can "get under the All Blacks" skin - just like Ireland, says Irish forward Iain Henderson.

Steve Hansen might claim Ireland's win over the All Blacks is irrelevant for the Lions, but Henderson swears it will "get brought up more" ahead of the eagerly awaited New Zealand tour.

Eleven Irishmen are in the Lions' travelling party, although not all played in their nation's historic first win over the All Blacks in Chicago last November - a defeat which ended New Zealand's tier one record breaking streak of 18 consecutive test victories.

Iain Henderson of Ireland soars high to win a lineout against England.
Shaun Botterill

Iain Henderson of Ireland soars high to win a lineout against England.

Henderson, a lock or back rower from Ulster, said Ireland's win had been mentioned among the Lions and "will get brought up more" before their New Zealand tour. 

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"The boys over in Chicago got under the All Blacks skin. They made them cough up a loss, it was definitely a performance where the boys got in their faces, under their skin and disrupted them from their usual game," Henderson said on Wales Online.

"It will be what we're looking to do out there, not beat them at their game but at our game."

Henderson, 25, missed Ireland's 40-29 against the All Blacks in Chicago but came off the bench in the rematch, which New Zealand won 21-9 in Dublin a fortnight later.

"The test in Dublin was frustrating." Henderson said from the Lions' training base in Wales. "It would have been incredible to beat them again after doing it for a first time.

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"We looked at the game and we had chances. We felt we put them under pressure and we showed Chicago was not a one-off.

"We didn't do ourselves justice, the boys in that team wanted to back up two wins. But it can give us [Lions] confidence, certainly."

 "The All Blacks, as talented as they are, have their weaknesses which can be exposed."

 - Stuff

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