After weeks of anticipation and a mixed bag of results coming out of the warm up games, the first Test is almost here.

den Park will host arguably the biggest rugby game since the World Cup final in 2015 and the stage is set for what should be a pulsating game of rugby between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions.

The All Blacks are the best team on the planet, with the best players on the planet. They often push aside teams like Australia and South Africa with ease and when you think they can’t get any better, they just keep improving.

With world class players of their own, the Lions will be a tough challenge for their opponents and if their recent performances are anything to go by, they will be stronger than many people think.

The Lions have an uphill battle in order to clinch a series win and winning the first Test is a key foundation builder.

The game will be won and lost in a number of key areas and with the first test upon us, let’s take a look at them.

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