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Lions are well equipped to take on the mighty All Blacks, says Cole

By Andrew Baldock

Dan Cole is enthused by the quality in a star-studded British and Irish Lions squad that will depart for New Zealand on Monday.

England and Leicester prop Cole was among a 30-man group involved in the Lions’ second pre-tour training camp this week.

And the action will soon become incessant, with the Lions’ opening tour game against a New Zealand Provincial Barbarians XV now just one week away.

“This week went by in a flash,” Cole said of the get-together in Ireland. “And we fly Monday, we get there Wednesday and play Saturday, so it is going to come thick and fast.”

The 10-match tour is headlined by a three-Test series against the World champion All Blacks, and 74-times-capped Cole believes it will be about the Lions doing their own thing in terms of game plan.

“No team can play the New Zealand way — only New Zealand can do that,” he added. “You can try and mimic it, but I think they are the best at that game, so you have to play to your strengths.

“I think we have got a very good, competitive pack. And we’ve got some very talented attacking players. We are fairly well equipped.

“The great thing about rugby is there is more than one way to win a game.”

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