Saturday 19 August 2017

'It's ridiculous' - Hayden Triggs hits out at 'embarrassing' coverage of Lions Tour from New Zealand media

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during the captain's run at Beetham Park in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during the captain's run at Beetham Park in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Leinster lock Hayden Triggs has described the vociferous approach to the Lions team and management from the New Zealand media as 'embarrassing' .

Speaking on today's episode of The Left Wing with former Leinster teammate Luke Fitzgerald, the New Zealand-born second row said the attitude of the New Zealand public towards the tourists was not reflected in the media's treatment of their visitors.

LEFT WING LIVE: Luke Fitzgerald is joined by Hayden Triggs to discuss how the Lions can beat the All Blacks

Posted by Independent Sport on Monday, June 19, 2017

Warren Gatland and his players have found themselves on the receiving end of some harsh criticism following the defeats to the Blues and Highlanders and for the style of play the Lions are deploying.

"It's a shame really because the general public are very accommodating, they love having the Lions down there. They are very hospitable and try to interact as much as they can," Triggs said.

"The snapshot we get from the media down there is quite negative and a little bit embarrassing in fairness as a Kiwi abroad because that's what I see.

"Behind the scenes, the community is trying to make the Lions feel welcome.

"The media is just ridiculous."

Both Fitzgerald and Triggs are predicting victory for the All Blacks at Eden Park this weekend, a venue where they haven't tasted defeat since 1994.

The Left Wing in the studio with (From Left) Presenter Will Slattery, Luke Fitzgerald and Hayden Triggs.
Pic Steve Humphreys
19th June 2017
The Left Wing in the studio with (From Left) Presenter Will Slattery, Luke Fitzgerald and Hayden Triggs. Pic Steve Humphreys 19th June 2017
The Left Wing in the studio with Hayden Triggs. Pic Steve Humphreys 19th June 2017
The Left Wing in the studio with Luke Fitzgerald. Pic Steve Humphreys 19th June 2017

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