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Woodward relishing Maori clash
10 June 2005 13:30pm
British & Irish Lions head coach Sir Clive Woodward is looking forward to sending his side into battle against the best New Zealand Maori side assembled in over a decade.
That includes a giant front row that will challenge the Lions' own jumbo trio of Andrew Sheridan, Steve Thompson and Julian White - a combination with the total weight of 54 stone, 10 pounds.
Sheridan is yet to start a Test for England but Woodward believes he can make a major impact on this tour.
"It's his first start here. He made a big impact when he came on the other night against Bay of Plenty," said Woodward.
"It is a big, big step up for him but also a huge opportunity.
"The more you can put your team up against world-class players the better it is for us because we need to find out about players.
"It is the strongest Maori team for a long long time because they have all their Test players playing for them, which from my point of view is fantastic."
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