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They have not beaten the All Blacks for 42 years

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British and Irish Lions 2013: Australia will double up to stop Jamie Roberts

Roberts will find himself tackled by two players whenever he gets ball in comeback

Romain Poite’s rulings at the set piece could prove crucial

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Expect Wyn Jones to look for advice because he won’t be confident enough

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Rob Howley, backs coach, Graham Rowntree, forwards coach, Andy Farrell, defence coach and head coach Warren Gatland look on during the British and Irish Lions captain's run in Australia (Getty Images)

British and Irish Lions 2013: Tommy Bowe fired up for final Test against Australia

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