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Injured North ruled out of Lions tour

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Wales wing George North and Robbie Henshaw will miss the rest of the British and Irish Lions tour after suffering injuries in Tuesday's 31-31 draw against the Hurricanes.

North has a hamstring tear and Ireland centre Henshaw sustained a torn pectoral muscle.

Both men can expect to be sidelined for some time and will fly home following Saturday's second Test in Wellington.

'Stronger Lions side' if Warburton starts

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New Zealand star Jerome Kaino has predicted a "huge lift of intensity" at the breakdown area if British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton starts Saturday's second Test.

Wales flanker Warburton is expected to begin the Westpac Stadium clash after being on bench duty for the opening Test series encounter in Auckland last weekend when New Zealand triumphed 30-15.

First Test skipper Peter O'Mahony could be the man to drop out, while England lock Maro Itoje is another probable starter as the Lions look for a vastly-improved performance in the collision and physicality stakes.

Sam is a great leader, I don't think they lose anything having Sam in there. We are expecting a huge lift of intensity at the breakdown if they bring Sam in. If anything, they get stronger having him there.

– Jerome Kaino, All Blacks flanker

The Lions have only won a Test series twice before - in 1899 and 1989 - after going 1-0 down, which underlines how big their task is in three days' time. They have not beaten New Zealand for 24 years

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