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The training work on the paddock has been done and the video has been analysed, now for Mako Vunipola all that is left is the emotional preparation for Saturday’s second Test.

The Lions come into the clash with New Zealand in Wellington with everything on the line – trailing the their hosts 1-0 in the three Test series.

The physical battle up front has been much discussed this week in Wellington after the All Blacks’ robust forward performance at Eden Park last weekend.

But Vunipola and the Lions have done their analysis, learned their lessons and now are ready to make a statement at the Westpac Stadium tomorrow.

“We are very lucky we have another opportunity, now it’s up to us to take it,” he said.

“We are going into this game wounded, with a bit of pride on the line and hopefully that will give us the edge tomorrow.

“But I know emotionally we will be ready for it, we have to be but it is just about having that discipline alongside it.

“For us it is the emotional energy that we have to bring, we know the task in front of us is immense but it is about us as a forward pack sticking together as a collective.

“As a player, if you don’t have that right emotional energy and desire to play at this level then obviously you are in the wrong sport.

“We talked all week about this being the biggest game of our lives and it is, the best team in the world and we are representing the Lions.

“There is no bigger honour for us as players and if you don’t have the right emotional energy it will show out there in the game.”

The first Test at Eden Park was played a Test match intensity beyond anything the England and Saracens prop had experienced before.

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