Warren Gatland wants crackdown on All Blacks’ illegal blocking

• Lions coach to raise issue in meeting with referee of first Test on Friday
• ‘There is so much happening off the ball in terms of holding players’

Warren Gatland has raised the stakes before the forthcoming Test series by urging officials to crack down on illegal blocking tactics by New Zealand players.

Gatland says members of his British & Irish Lions squad are repeatedly being held or pulled back off the ball and has raised the issue with Jaco Peyper, who is due to referee the first Test in Auckland.

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