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Lions to dedicate performances in New Zealand to victims of London attack

The touring squad were shocked by the news from London.

Murray Kinsella reports from Waitangi

THE LIONS HAVE vowed to dedicate their performances on the tour of New Zealand to the victims of Saturday night’s terror attack in London.

News of the death of seven people in a terrorist attack in the English capital broke as the Lions were visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to receive an official Māori welcome on a beautiful Sunday morning in the north of New Zealand.

British  Irish Lions team huddle The Lions expressed their sympathies for those involved in London. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Speaking after the Lions received a traditional powhiri in Waitangi, captain Sam Warburton expressed his sadness at events in London.

“We just wanted to wish all those involved all the best wishes from the Lions players and management and just that our thoughts are always with the people back home in Britain and Ireland,” said Warburton.

“So our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families of the people involved in that incident.

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.”

Lions tour manager John Spencer also conveyed the touring party’s shock after events on Saturday night in London.

“We don’t know any detail about it, but we understand that there have been tragedies,” said Spencer.

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“I just want to send our best wishes to people back home, but also to say that anyone who has been injured there, you and your families are certainly in our thoughts and prayers, and we will be thinking about you.

“As I say, we don’t know the details, but we’re very anxious to make that known back home.”

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