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Dai Young is expecting the Barbarians to raise their game against the British and Irish Lions

Dai Young is expecting the Barbarians to raise their game against the British and Irish Lions

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Dai Young is expecting the Barbarians to raise their game against the British and Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions will open their summer tour against a focused Barbarians outfit after the invitational side broke with tradition by introducing an alcohol ban.

Welsh coach Dai Young has demanded a significant improvement from the Baa-Baas after their heavy 40-12 defeat to England last Sunday, and the squad have responded this week by doing away with their regular "team bonding" drinking sessions.

Team manager Derek Quinnell told reporters at a press conference in Hong Kong: "The players have put a ban on themselves really. We went out last night for an hour with (representatives from Danish brewers) Carlsberg and I think they were under the impression that a few pints would be sunk, but about 90 per cent of the players were drinking coke."

Quinnell added: "They know that last weekend wasn't good enough and it was a kick up the backside for us. They are more focused this week and the players know that if they don't look after their bodies in this sort of heat, they've got a problem coming. Fair play to them, they have reacted well to that."

The Barbarians trailed 40-0 to England before getting on the scoreboard with tries from Elliott Daly and Schalk Brits, and they know more is expected against Warren Gatland's men.

Young said: "We are not going to shy away from the fact that we all felt let down afterwards. We didn't play anything like we expected and we know we are going to have to be a lot better.

"The players realised themselves that they have to step things up this week, and preparation and training has been spot on.

"We have been concentrating on getting the basics right and earning the right to play rather than just going out there to chuck the ball around."

Italy's Sergio Parisse will captain the side on Saturday and told the Telegraph: "I played two years ago for the Baa-Baas and it is a big honour to be back again.

"For any player, especially from Italy, it is a great opportunity and I know we have enough talent and skill among this group of players to put the Lions under pressure."