Dawson: ‘Lions series can go to third Test’

Date published: December 23 2016

Former British and Irish Lions scrum-half Matt Dawson believes the side can take New Zealand to a third deciding Test next year.

Dawson was part of the squad in 2005 who suffered a 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand, part of one of the worst Lions tours in recent memory under Sir Clive Woodward.

Now 12 years on Dawson expects the Lions to be more competitive under Warren Gatland, even with a bruising schedule that will see the Lions face all five Super Rugby franchises.

Dawson went on three Lions tours, winning in South Africa in 1997, as well as winning the Rugby World Cup with England back in 2003.

“I really do fancy them,” Dawson told the BBC.

“It will be a monumental effort to win a test match, let alone the series. But it’s going to be off the scale.

“I like the coaching setup, I like the pool of talent they are going to be selecting from. For the first time ever since watching as a kid, I really am quite confident the Lions can win a test match early on and take the tour to a third match.

“It could be one of the greatest series ever.”