Andy Farrell has billed next Saturday’s Test series decider between the British and Irish Lions and Australia as “the biggest game of our lives”.
The Lions have migrated north to Noosa for a few days’ rest and recuperation following their last-gasp defeat in Melbourne yesterday.
There is an injury cloud hovering over captain Simon Warburton, but assistant coach Farrell has no doubt the Lions will regroup ahead of the Sydney showdown.
And they are also optimistic that centre Jamie Roberts and prop Alex Corbisiero will return to full training on Wednesday, putting them in contention for next weekend.
Wales international Roberts has yet to play in the series because of a hamstring problem, while England prop Corbisiero suffered a calf injury in the opener at Suncorp Stadium.
The Lions have been made marginal favourites to win the third and final Test at ANZ Stadium, but the momentum is with Australia following their dramatic Melbourne victory.
“It’s 1-1 after two good teams have gone at it hammer and tongs. We’re both still in the race,” Farrell added.
“I’m proud of the way we stuck at it.Next Saturday is the biggest game of our lives.”