Woodward to give Lions time off

Sir Clive Woodward wants the British & Irish Lions' trip to New Zealand to be about more than just rugby and has pledged to give his players and coaches as much time as possible to see the country. [more]

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Sir Clive Woodward wants the British & Irish Lions’ trip to New Zealand to be about more than just rugby and has pledged to give his players and coaches as much time as possible to see the country.

Woodward knows his side face a tough test in facing the All Blacks, but wants to balance the hard work with time off to ensure his players stay fresh and enjoy themselves.

"People say touring isn’t touring any more and complain that there isn’t time for a day off. I believe there should be. I’ve taken on board what people have said and that’s why we’ve taken 45 players," he said.

"There will be days off to enjoy New Zealand, play some golf and visit the country. That also applies to the management team. Dr James Robson came back from the 2001 tour to Australia absolutely shattered.

"He was one doctor looking after up to three games a week. You just can’t do that. I want everyone to have learnt from New Zealand and to come back having enjoyed the trip."

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