Gerry Thornley: Reading between the Lions, this remains a squad united

Rumours of discontent, prompted by Steve Hansen among others, wide of the mark

Claims of unrest within the Lions squad will only unite them further. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Claims of unrest within the Lions squad will only unite them further. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The tone of the Lions tour has changed, with the New Zealand media falling more in line with its public, in recognising that a truly momentous rugby event is now almost upon us.

The warmth and hospitality of the New Zealand public, and their evident enthusiasm for the Lions’ tour, is manifest everywhere you go. Anyone you meet immediately recognises the accent and asks: “Are you here with the Lions?”

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