Written by Tasia Stone, CNN
Lions coach Dan Campbell says some players have the flu ahead of Saturday’s big game in New Zealand, where they play their first game in the 15-match, three-test series.
“I’d be lying if I said I’m not coming down with the flu, too. Me and a few of my players from the prior weeks,” Campbell said during a press conference in Auckland on Thursday.
“There are a few players, the dads are all here as well. We are kind of all over the place. Some guys are throwing up and some guys are standing in their T-shirts next to me.”
The Lions are in New Zealand for an intense series against a Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks side. They play the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Tauranga on Friday night ahead of Saturday’s Lions-All Blacks match at Eden Park in Auckland.
“We have no qualms with ourselves,” Campbell said. “We’ll train well and we’ll come out to play against this All Blacks side. There’s no real worry.”
Team doctor Alan Twigg said the symptoms for the travelling players included less-than-normal appetite, and abdominal discomfort. He said there has also been a mild cold affecting a small number of players, but they are feeling a little better.