Tommy Seymour savours 'surreal' first British and Irish Lions experience

Jonathan Joseph says he never gave up hope of securing a place in the Lions squad

Jonathan Joseph says he never gave up hope of securing a place in the Lions squad

Best was part of the Ireland team that stunned the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago in November, defeating the southern-hemisphere powerhouses for the first time and halting the world champions' record-breaking run of 18 consecutive tier-one victories. "It was all about going out to attack them", Best said.

"Preparation was short, we had one Thursday together, three training sessions, but we had the mentality to go out and attack".

"This modern-day All Blacks side is so hard to beat".

"This New Zealand side is really hard to beat, they have so many weapons and if you don't score against them it is very hard to beat them".

"You have to put pressure on them, getting in their faces, quick line speed, putting them under pressure", Best said.

And while 104 times-capped Ulster hooker Best says there is "more than one way to skin a cat", he has stressed the importance of front-foot rugby during an eagerly awaited three-Test series.

Best claimed it was Ireland's willingness to go on the offensive and take risks that enabled them to register the huge upset at Soldier Field a year ago. Whatever way we go, it is important everyone buys into it and adds something to it.

"Anything we can share from that game we will but this is a different scenario".

The Lions start their 10-match tour against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3.

"It will be a real challenge to get to know the guys, get to know the combinations and come together and beat the world champions", conceded Best.

"They are beatable. Gats (Lions head coach Warren Gatland) said it from the off, he didn't want anyone on the plane who doesn't believe we can win".