In Episode four of Land Rover’s 'Tracking the Lions' series, one of the greatest players to have taken to the pitch, Brian O'Driscoll, wants to understand what it is that makes facing New Zealand such a formidable prospect for any touring rugby team, and get an appreciation for the country that boasts arguably the best rugby side on the planet.
It all starts at the grassroots level of the game according to All Blacks legend Justin Marshall, who agrees to let Brian in on some of his countries rugby secrets. Renowned for his uncompromising play as world class scrum half, Marshall knows all too well what awaits any visiting rugby team when they get to New Zealand.
O’Driscoll and Marshall travel to Mt Albert Grammar School in Auckland to meet the pupils and players from the reigning New Zealand First XV national champions. Mt Albert Grammar School has a rich history in producing players who have gone on to represent the All Blacks, with the likes of Sonny Bill Williams on the list of alumni.
At the school, the two legends join the team for its recovery and training session and get to experience first-hand the level of skill, competitiveness and passion for the sport, that is instilled in young rugby players from an early age.
As a Principal Partner of The British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand 2017, Land Rover is producing an ongoing series of content that will track the course of the Lions tour; meeting players, rugby fans and legends of the game. Land Rover will be getting under the skin of the Lions tour to New Zealand, taking fans behind the scenes of the world’s most famous touring rugby team.