New Zealand captain Kieran Read in line to face British & Irish Lions

Gatland has clearly divided his squad into test and midweek lineups and it was for that reason he called on six players - four from Wales and two from Scotland who are now playing in the South Pacific - to bring up his current complement to a full 46 players, the equivalent of two match-day 23s.

Wales flanker Warburton suffered an ankle injury in the tour-opening 13-7 win over the Provincial Barbarians and has been scrapping for match sharpness ever since.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has called on his midweek lineup to continue the momentum gained with last weekend's win over the New Zealand Maori in Tuesday's tour match against the Chiefs at Hamilton. "Sam, by his own admission, will tell you he might have been a little rusty at the start but he's getting better and better every day", insisted Farrell. "His body's in good condition, and he's battle-hardened like the rest of them".

Warren Gatland's six controversial call-ups to the Lions squad on Saturday will all be on the bench for Tuesday's Chiefs clash.

Hansen has said the All Blacks expect the Lions to pair Johnny Sexton at fly-half and Owen Farrell at centre for the Tests.

He says a number of combinations still need to be settled for Saturday's All Black test and he's picking a competitive edge to his mid-week players tonight.

Defence coach Farrell believes the Lions are forging a bullish identity as the first Test against the back-to-back world champions hurtles into view. We've got to be careful of making sure that the plan is crystal clear for them, so they can be on point come Saturday, and already it's been great that we've had a few days already to get some basic stuff in them through the week and we've got to get that right.

"And on the back of that we've also been good at adjusting. It's never about it [defence] in isolation - it's about the whole game coming together and I think we're blending nicely". They want to show their intent, and that's building nicely. But our squad is full of winners, it's full of guys who are used to winning and know how to win.

Meads and his brother Stan, who formed a formidable All Blacks locking partnership, combined to pull the shroud off the statue in Te Kuiti's main street in front of schoolchildren, New Zealand rugby officials and travelling fans following the Lions series. I think we're going to have to take ourselves to a place that individually we've not been to before.

"Secondly, the diagnosis has always been that he was going to be due to play this game, and we have been monitoring that progress versus the initial diagnosis".

"Then we'll go down to Auckland, there's a sea of red there".

"But it's those two I'd have to put my hand up and say I'd be concerned about".

"It's one of the hardest things to pick up because it tends to happen quite a long way off the ball". We've got to be aware of that.