Furlong bracing for blacklash

British and Irish Lions prop Tadh Furlong is preparing for an All Blacks backlash ahead of the decisive third Test on Saturday.

Furlong was a member of the Ireland starting XV that stunned the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago last November.

Two weeks later, the All Blacks won 21-9 in the repeat fixture exacting their revenge. So Furlong knows what's it like to be on the receiving end of the All Blacks' wounded pride.

And the All Blacks are once again gearing up for revenge having lost the second Test 24-21 against the British and Irish Lions last weekend.

“When your pride is a little dented, you come out and you’ll be absolutely bulling for it,” said Furlong, with the Lions series in the balance at one win apiece.

“You’ve got to get your detail right, be physically and emotionally at that pitch where you can compete and then try to go toe to toe.

“That match in Dublin, I remember coming off the pitch and being absolutely shattered. I was sore for days afterwards.

“It was one of the most brutal Test matches I’ve played in my short career.

“So we all expect to have the same thing again. And we’ve got to tee ourselves up for it.”

Meanwhile, Furlong has reminded everyone of the All Blacks' attacking prowess and knows the Lions need to be on top of their game.

"I think you always fear the All Blacks," said Furlong. "If you don't get your stuff sorted, if you don't man up and meet them head-on, it's a tough day at the office.

"They can score a try from anywhere they're that dangerous. They have threats all over the park. If none of that works they're just so damn consistent; good at holding on to the ball."

Furlong is in an elite category, having played the All Blacks four times and won twice, something that very few players have done.

"I'm incredibly lucky," he said. "When we were playing in Chicago, lads had lost five or six times and I'd never played them. I didn't know what to expect. Knowing so many people had gone before and never beaten them — you feel incredibly lucky in many ways. You feel privileged.

"And to do it twice, even more so."

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