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Gatland's Lions can beat All Blacks, Deans says

AFPAFP 4/11/2016
All Blacks' Captain Kieran Read. © Getty Images All Blacks' Captain Kieran Read.

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans said Friday the British and Irish Lions were "absolutely" capable of beating New Zealand in next year's blockbuster Test series.

Deans rejected the notion that the New Zealanders were practically invincible after notching a record 18 straight Test wins, including a repeat victory at last year's World Cup.

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans. © Getty Images Former Australia coach Robbie Deans.

Deans said Lions coach Warren Gatland, another Kiwi, had the resources to engineer the Lions' first series win in New Zealand since 1971.

"Absolutely, he's got the biggest pool of talent available to him... there's some young players coming through who will be once-in-a-generation players, like (England's Maro) Itoje," he told the BBC.

"It's definitely doable. It won't be easy, we know that, but it can be done."

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