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Hymns and hope as Lions fans await the greatest All Black test

Around 25,000 British and Irish fans have arrived in Auckland, staying in campervans and hotels, amid huge hype of an extraordinary rugby showdown

Over the past six weeks, members of the Lions four nations choir have sung in blustery southerlies, skin-blistering sun, and over the sneezes and coughs of New Zealand kids in the middle of winter.

Thursday night, though, was their greatest challenge – being buffeted by horizontal rain as members of their rugby squad marched by in handsome maroon blazers, flanked by wives and girlfriends in dresses and heels.

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