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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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  1. 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!

    Lions 2013
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    Or do the Lions need AWJ after all?

    SMS Message: 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. from Anonymous
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    SMS Message: Anyone who criticises AWJ clearly doesn't understand the graft of the boiler room. He was a monster last week and led by example! from Buzzard, Cardiff
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  3. Get Involved - Lions unchanged

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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.

    SMS Message: The 23 has been picked now get behind them!!!! from Keith
    Keith
    SMS Message: Why are people criticising the side. Am I missing something or didn't this same team just beat the All Blacks at home? from Anonymous
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    Names on your messages please...

    SMS Message: 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! from 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.

  6. '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.”

  7. Get Involved - Lions unchanged

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

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

    More love for AWJ then...

  8. 'We felt we should reward the players'

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

    Warren Gatland

    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.

  10. 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.

  12. '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?

    Tweet us on #bbcrugby or text 81111

  14. Reaction to unchanged side

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

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    The backlash has begun...

    SMS Message: Yet again no scots involved in Gatlands test team for Welsh English and Irish lions from Anonymous
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  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. BreakingWarburton to captain Lions

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

    Sam Warburton

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Positions up for grabs

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

    Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton

    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?