The British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand is being billed by the national media as “The Greatest Tour Ever”.

This is a massive overstatement if rugby is the yardstick.

Looking at the upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions, rarely have there been as many back-line options available to the All Blacks.

Discussions at IRANZ HQ in Wellington this week, centred around teams which perform inconsistently, and why that is. There could be many reasons: for example, they are weak here, weak there, or lack mental strength there, etc. The bottom line though, is, the team which cares the most, invariably wins.

The Blitzbokke play as a team. They have a clear objective and understanding of their game plan on attack and defence. This eclectic mix of players and cultures seem so comfortable together; so harmonious and so dynamic. They are clearly the best Rugby 7s team in the world.

Despite a number of injuries to regular players in the starting XV, this All Black side is still capable of doing some serious damage on the paddock.

"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby"
"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby" – Graham Henry, Former All Black Coach
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level"
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level" – Steve Hansen, All Blacks Head Coach