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Warren Gatland sets the agenda for Lions’ last push against New Zealand

• There is going to be an improvement in the All Blacks, says coach
• Romain Poite asked to be ‘open minded’ during Eden Park decider

Warren Gatland says his British & Irish Lions players are physically equipped to handle whatever New Zealand can throw at them on Saturday and will be disappointed if they now fail to win the series.

Gatland and his Lions are fully aware the All Blacks have not lost a Test at Eden Park since 1994 but, after a vigorous training session described as “tasty”, are not about to back down in the third Test. “We’re ready for it,” said the coach, who anticipates a full-frontal assault from a side who have not lost a series to the Lions since 1971. “There’s going to be an improvement in the All Blacks but it’s something we don’t think is going to be a shock to us.”

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