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'Emotional' Lions squad hold minute's silence in New Zealand for victims of London terror attack

The squad play their second game of the tour tomorrow.

AN ‘EMOTIONAL’ LIONS squad have remembered the victims of Saturday night’s terror attack in London, during their training session in Auckland today.

A minutes silence for the victims of the London  terrorist attack during the Captains Run Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The Lions were at the QBE Stadium in Auckland for the Captain’s Run ahead of tomorrow’s second game of the 2017 tour when they will face the Blues at Eden Park.

Assistant coach Rob Howley spoke of how the squad has been affected and their decision to hold a minute’s silence today.

A minutes silence for the victims of the London  terrorist attack during the Captains Run Phil Pask Warren Gatland Rob Howley Andy Farrell and Bobby Strigeon Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

“We’re quite emotional, and huge condolences from the whole squad – management and players and everyone connected with the Lions – to those families who lost seven lives.

“It’s devastating and we send our deepest condolences to all the families and out of respect, it was important we held the one-minute silence.”

A minutes silence for the victims of the London  terrorist attack during the Captains Run Maro Otoje Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Captain Sam Warburton stated on Sunday morning that the squad would be dedicating their performance on the tour to the victims of the attack.

“In future performances and wins, we’ll dedicate to those who have been involved and I guess we can play a small part in trying to cheer a majority of the nation up by trying to be successful over here.

“We’ll commit our performances and all our efforts to those involved recently in London.”

Members of the 2017 British  Irish Lions squad and management stand for a minutes silence in memory of the victims of the London Attacks Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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