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Summary

  1. Warren Gatland names unchanged Lions team to face New Zealand
  2. Sam Warburton retains the captaincy
  3. Third and final Test in Auckland on Saturday
  4. Series level at 1-1 - winner secures series victory
  5. Lions chasing second ever series win over New Zealand

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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The countdown begins...

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

So there we have it.

Your final 23-man squad of the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand has been announced.

Thank you for all your messages and reaction this evening.

Kick-off at Eden Park on Saturday is at 08:35 BST but we'll have live build-up for you on the BBC Sport website from 07:30 BST.

The Lions are just 80 minutes from glory.

See you then!

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Or do the Lions need AWJ after all?

AWJ world class lock with over 100 caps. Going to be backs to the wall and his experience will be crucial in a young tight 5. If you're going into battle, you'd want him next to you.

Anonymous

Anyone who criticises AWJ clearly doesn't understand the graft of the boiler room. He was a monster last week and led by example!

Buzzard, Cardiff

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So Alun Wyn Jones' selection has once again be called into question.

And the absence of any Scots has made many of you switch allegiances.

But here are a few more positive messages to keep us going.

The 23 has been picked now get behind them!!!!

Keith

Why are people criticising the side. Am I missing something or didn't this same team just beat the All Blacks at home?

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Names on your messages please...

I'm a proud Scot but also a proud Lions supporter. Harsh reality is there are no current, fit Scots better than those selected for the Test 23 by Warren Gatland. Come on the Lions!

David Sanson

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Nick Owen: In response to Robb turner, if you are as proud as you say you are, you wouldn't come out with garbage like that. Come on lions.

Robb suggested he would be supporting the All Blacks on Saturday..as has Mike.

Mike Oliver: As a Scottish rugby fan I hope the lions get stuffed Gatland is a joke of a coach and hope All Blacks win.

Alasdair: To those complaining about no Scots in team, realistically who would you swap in/out? I doubt any Scot would dislodge the 23.

'Their chance to make Lions history'

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

Warren Gatland continued:

“There are some players who are pretty disappointed not to be selected and I understand that.

"It is what you would expect from competitive top athletes, they back themselves. But they have put their disappointment behind them and are helping the match day squad prepare.

“We are all aware of how big this game is and we are expecting a backlash from the All Blacks.

"But the pleasing thing about the second Test is just how strong we were in the last 10 or 15 minutes, in terms of energy and enthusiasm so we still feel there is another level in us.

“This is a huge chance for this group of players to show their abilities and reap the benefits of the work everyone has put in. It is their chance to make Lions history.”

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Alun Wyn Jones inclusion in the team is a disgrace, when every other lock has outplayed him all tour.

Anonymous

Warren Garland is an older and wiser head than I and must see something in AWJ that he can't get from any other lock on this tour. Damned if I know what it is.

Anonymous

More love for AWJ then...

'We felt we should reward the players'

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland on naming an unchanged side:

"It is not very often on a Lions Tour that you get to pick the same 23 for the following game.

“We felt we should reward the players for the result and the courage that they showed in coming from behind from 18-9 down, digging themselves out of a hole and then finishing strongly in that last 10 to 15 minutes."

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John McEnerney: Would have changed MV for JackMcG, his discipline last week was awful needs 2 keep his head or there'll be penalties galore!

Terry Mcveigh: No surprise, a mistake not to play Henderson

Robb Turner: Sorry but I'm a proud Scot, we are 5 in the world yet not one player in a test team . Come on the all blacks...

Oh dear Robb.

NZ make three changes

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

Just to remind you, the All Blacks have made three changes ahead of Saturday's third Test in Auckland.

Full-back Jordie Barrett and centre Ngani Laumape will make their first Test starts while Julian Savea returns on the wing in place of Rieko Ioane.

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Here we go...

Dean: AWJ still gets the start. Done nothing all four to warrant his place for me, Kruis or Lawes both being more to the table.

James de Cothi: Vunipola very lucky to retain his starting spot after almost handing the All Blacks the win last week.

'Lions have the edge'

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

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So after the drama of 2013, Warren Gatland has fooled us all once again and named an unchanged side.

But were changes needed?

Are we happy Alun Wyn Jones kept his place in the second row?

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The backlash has begun...

Yet again no scots involved in Gatlands test team for Welsh English and Irish lions

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Gatland chooses to stick

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

So Liam Williams, who sat out of training on Wednesday, has been passed fit.

Mako Vunipola, sin-binned in the second Test, keeps his place in the front row.

And the second-row once again sees Alun Wyn Jones alongside Maro Itoje.

Stick or twist? Gatland has stuck.

BreakingLions squad in full

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

British and Irish Lions: L Williams (Wales); A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), O Farrell (England), E Daly (England); J Sexton (Ireland), C Murray (Ireland); M Vunipola (England), J George (England), T Furlong (Ireland), M Itoje (England), A W Jones (Wales), S Warburton (Wales, capt), S O'Brien (Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), C Lawes (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), R Webb (Wales), B Te'o (England), J Nowell (England).

BreakingWarburton to captain Lions

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

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Sam Warburton keeps his place at blind-side flanker and will captain the Lions on Saturday in the third Test.

It is the first time since 1993 that the Lions will field the same starting XV for two consecutive Tests.

BreakingLions name unchanged squad

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

Lions have named an unchanged squad to face New Zealand in the third Test on Saturday.

Positions up for grabs

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

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3. 10/12 debate

Will Warren Gatland choose to persist with the Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell combination?

Well New Zealand have handed a first Test start to Ngani Laumape at number 12 on Saturday.

The centre, who came on for Sonny Bill-Williams last week, was a stand-out player for the All Blacks and exposed the defensive partnership of Lions playmakers Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell and on Saturday.

For all they offer in attack, will Gatland look to Ben Te'o to shore up the Lions midfield?

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Positions up for grabs

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2. Front-row indiscipline

The Lions' indiscipline almost cost them in the second Test and the worst culprit was prop Mako Vunipola.

The Englishman caught Beauden Barrett twice in short succession and was sent to the sin-bin after the second for a late charge.

The Lions have to concede fewer penalties on Saturday against New Zealand, and this could cost Vunipola his place in the starting XV.

Ireland's Jack McGrath is the man waiting to step in.

Countdown begins

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

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Positions up for grabs

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

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1. The second row conundrum

Arguably one of the biggest debates of this tour has been over Warren Gatland's selection of a wise-head over young blood in the second row.

Alun Wyn Jones, who captained the Lions to victory in Australia, has become like Marmite on this tour - backed to the high heavens by the Welsh, but lambasted for clogging up the team by anyone else.

And the crowd favourite? "Oooooh Maro Itoje..."

George Kruis, Jones, Courtney Lawes, Itoje and maybe even Iain Henderson are all still in contention for a starting place.

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British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

Will Warren Gatland choose to stick with the same 23 who delivered last time out or does he have a shock or two up his sleeve?

He's got form after all...

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Back in 2013...

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

It was the selection that shocked the world.

The Lions were heading for a series decider against Australia in Sydney.

Captain Sam Warburton had been ruled out through injury and Brian O'Driscoll, 34 at the time, was expected to take over as skipper.

But the legendary Irishman failed to even make the match-day 23.

Warren Gatland called upon Wales' Jamie Roberts to join compatriot Jonathan Davies in midfield and Alun Wyn Jones, a man who had captained his country only once, led out the Lions.

What happened next....?

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The Lions thrashed Australia 41-16 to win the series

New Zealand squad in full

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

So Hansen makes two changes in the backs.

Julian Savea - the man who replaces Rieko Ioane on the wing - has scored 46 tries in 53 games for New Zealand.

The All Blacks don't lack strength in depth.

New Zealand team to face Lions:

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.

Barrett trio in NZ squad

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 8 July 08:35 BST)

Jordie Barrett, Beauden Barrett, Scott Barrett
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Barrett Brothers: Jordie (left), Beauden (centre) and Scott (right)

New Zealand once again announced their team at 5am local time, with a couple of huge calls from Steve Hansen.

Full-back Jordie Barrett and centre Ngani Luamape will make their first starts forthe All Blacks.

Twenty-year-old Barrett is handed the full-back jersey, with oldest brother Beauden at fly-half and middle brother Scott on the bench.

Israel Dagg moves from full-back to the right wing, Julian Savea returns on the left at the expense of Rieko Ioane, and Ngani Laumape starts in the 12 jersey. No Sonny Bill-Williams remember.

Captain and number eight Kieran Read will run out for his 100th cap.

One night in Wellington

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

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Here's a quick reminder of just what happened last Saturday in Wellington.

The Lions, somehow, pulled off a nerve-wracking 24-21 victory against New Zealand to level the series.

Warren Gatland's side managed to narrowly beat a 14-man All Blacks side who had Sonny Bill-Williams sin-binned in the 25th minute.

That victory set up an almighty clash at Eden Park on Saturday, where New Zealand haven't lost since 1994.

A tough ask then...

The third and final

British and Irish Lions team announcement (20:00 BST)

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So here we are.

The British and Irish Lions have made it to the third Test in New Zealand and forced a series decider.

Just 80 minutes lie between the chosen men and a place in the history books.

Warren Gatland announces his final Lions Test squad of the tour in just 15 minutes time.

But to whom will he extend a hand?