Friday 22 September 2017

British and Irish Lions vs All Blacks: What time does the third Test start, which TV channel can I watch it on?

Everything you need to know about the All Blacks vs Lions third Test

Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, looks on during the British & Irish Lions training session at QBE Stadium on July 6, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, looks on during the British & Irish Lions training session at QBE Stadium on July 6, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Jack de Menezes

The British and Irish Lions will face a date with destiny on Saturday as they bid for a first series victory over the All Blacks in 46 years, with the three-Test contest finely poised at 1-1.

The All Blacks secured a relatively comfortable 30-15 victory in the first Test at Eden Park, in which they physically dominated the Lions and outscored them three tries to two.

The win led many to believe that the series was already a foregone conclusion, given New Zealand had not lost a Test at home since 2009.

That was until the second Test at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, when a red card for Sonny Bill Williams changed the course of the series.

The Lions took full advantage of the extra man to secure a thrilling 24-21 victory and outscore the reigning world champions two tries to nil, setting up the series for a shootout back in Auckland.

The Lions have not beaten the All Blacks over the course of a Test series since the famous 1971 tour, and it remains the only time that they have triumphed over them in their 129-year history.

Here’s everything you need to know about the third Test.

When is it?

The third Test takes place at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday 8 July.

What time does it start?

The match will kick-off at 08:35 IST [19:35 local time].

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live in Ireland and the UK on Sky Sports 1 from 07:30 IST. You can also follow the match live with Independent.ie.

Odds

All Blacks to win: 2/11

Lions to win: 21/5

Draw: 32/1

Teams

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks; Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock; Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read.

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.

British and Irish Lions: Liam Williams; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong; Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones; Sam Warburton, Sean O’Brien, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.

(© Independent News Service)

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