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Video: George hails Lions ‘special achievement’

Even though a draw at the final whistle left Jamie George with mixed emotions, the Lions hooker can already appreciated the scale of the 2017 crop's achievement in drawing the Test series with the All Blacks.

“As a whole we can take a huge amount from the Tour and be happy with what we have achieved.”

Referee Romain Poite called time on a thriller at Eden Park on Saturday night with the scores tied at 15-15.

And so, after 240 minutes of absorbing Test match rugby of real intensity, the Lions and the All Blacks shared the Test series 1-1 leaving their two captains Kieran Read and Sam Warburton to hoist the trophy together.

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And while George – who started at hooker for all three Tests – could not hide his frustration after missing out on victory, he was able to reflect on a fine achievement that means the Lions leave these shores unbeaten in the Test series for only the second time in history.

“It was a bit mixed (at the final whistle). Not many people come here and do that but then at the same time we came here to win the series and we didn’t do that so it’s frustrating at some levels,” he said.

“As a whole we can take a huge amount from the Tour and be happy with what we have achieved.

“There’s always going to be an element of frustration with competitive people, we had a goal to win the series and we didn’t quite do that. It’s important for us to reflect over the next few days.

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“It is a special achievement but we could have gone one further which is the frustrating element of it.

“I really did (think they were going to do it). We really had them rattled at times. I don’t think too many teams can say they have done that against New Zealand recently. I think we can be proud of the way we played but didn’t quite get over the line in the end.”

George is still yet to start a Test for his country, with Dylan Hartley still the captain of England under Eddie Jones.

But after starting all three Tests here in New Zealand, the Saracens No 2 has shown real improvement in every aspect of his game.

“You’re a product of your environment and playing with players of such experience and such great talent, you are only going to keep getting better,” he added.

“I really feel like I’ve developed on this Tour. I think the team developed as well.

“On a personal level I’m hugely proud to be a part of it.”

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