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Lions prepare for a last whirl that could live in the memory for decades

There is a glint in the eye of Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions as they gear up for win-or-bust moment against New Zealand

One last spin of the roulette wheel and the 2017 British & Irish Lions will be history. This has already been a hell of a tour and everything now rests on the starkest of endgames. Red or black? It has the feel of one of those classic cinematic moments when the whole enthralled casino gathers round to watch the win-or-bust conclusion.

Peering over the players’ shoulders from afar, too, are the boys of 1971, the only Lions side in history to have conquered the oval-shaped Everest of a series victory in New Zealand.

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