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Fitzpatrick backs Lions

Published 14/07/2009 | 00:00

Sean Fitzpatrick. Photo: Ross Setford, Getty Images
Sean Fitzpatrick. Photo: Ross Setford, Getty Images

New Zealand great Sean Fitzpatrick has entered the debate over the future of the Lions by claiming their tours should be expanded, not abandoned.

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It is 12 years since the Lions won a series, with their recent victory over South Africa in the final Test ending a credibility-damaging run of seven successive defeats.

Fitzpatrick, who won three of his 92 caps when he led the All Blacks to victory against the Lions in 1993, believes they remain a major force.

"The Lions are probably the most powerful brand in world rugby. Without question they have a future," said Fitzpatrick.

"Winning that third Test against South Africa was paramount but even had they lost they'd still be a viable brand.

"You ask anyone who has played against the Lions and they'll tell you they're one of the greatest teams to play against."

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