Ireland’s win over New Zealand ‘will not give Lions advantage’, says Andy Farrell


• Gatland’s assistant says Chicago win will not give players any ‘super power’
• Steve Hansen warns Lions ‘clutching at straws’ if they focus on Ireland’s win

Ireland’s historic victory over New Zealand in Chicago does not give the Lions a psychological advantage this summer, according to Andy Farrell, amid accusations from the All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, that Warren Gatland is “clutching at straws” if he thinks otherwise.

Hansen countered Gatland’s claim that Ireland’s first win over New Zealand in 111 years, during November, proved the All Blacks were fallible by pointing to his side’s win in Dublin two weeks later and fired some shots of his own following the Lions squad announcement, questioning the omission of the England captain, Dylan Hartley, and taking aim at Johnny Sexton.

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