Saturday 16 December 2017

Luke Fitzgerald would make one change to the Lions team to face the All Blacks in the final test

1 July 2017; British and Irish Lions players, from left, Liam Williams, Jack McGrath and Taulupe Faletau during the Second Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
1 July 2017; British and Irish Lions players, from left, Liam Williams, Jack McGrath and Taulupe Faletau during the Second Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Luke Fitzgerald thinks that Ireland prop Jack McGrath should replace Mako Vunipola in the Lions team to face the All Blacks in the third test this Saturday in Eden Park.

McGrath has put in good shifts off the bench in the first two encounters with the world champions, but many are now calling for the Leinster front row to be included from the start for the series decider.

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Vunipola has impressed on tour but was widely criticised for an indisciplined performance in last Saturday's win, with the England star picking up a yellow card for a reckless clearout on Beauden Barrett.

Speaking on this week's episode of The Left Wing, Fitzgerald explained why he thinks McGrath is better suited to taking on the All Blacks in Auckland this weekend.

"I think Jack should be brought in," Fitzgerald said.

"He is very solid, he makes lots of good decisions around the pitch, he has a huge work ethic in the tight. New Zealand back in Auckand, they will look at what went well in the first test and I think they will probably attack us in the tight again. Jack would really suit that kind of game."

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