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Lions coach to increase training intensity

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has revealed he may increase the intensity of the training if the quality of warm-up opponents doesn't improve.

The Lions beat Western Force 69-17 yesterday after the Force rested half of their first-choice team.

Included in the host's squad were seven players who had no Super 15 experience and Gatland expressed his concerns.

He told BBC Sport: "Ideally we want to play against the strongest sides we possibly can. If we can't, then we are going to have to replicate some of it in training potentially.

"We have just got to be aware of the opposition we are playing, and if we do get victories like this, then not get carried away with it."

The Lions ran in nine tries in Wednesday's comfortable victory, which was marred when they lost prop Cian Healy to a potential tour-ending injury.

The next game for the tourists takes place on Saturday as they travel to Brisbane to take on the Queensland Reds, who are missing seven current Wallabies.

Despite this, the Reds have still named 12 players who have been capped for their country for the Lions third warm up game.

After Saturday's encounter, the Lions face three more warm-up games before the first Test against Australia on June 22.


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