Andy Farrell not worrying about claims of paranoia in the Lions party

Last Updated: 10/06/13 11:05pm

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Andy Farrell has dismissed claims that there is paranoia in the Lions camp regarding the apparent surveillance of their playing movements.

Farrell echoed comments made by coach Warren Gatland about a story claiming the Lions had made spying accusations towards the Australian camp.

Gatland said he had "no issue" with the Australians videoing last week's Western Force game in Perth and the Australian Rugby Union later issued a statement denying claims that they had either filmed or watched the Lions in training.

Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans claimed the whole affair was "just a sideshow," and Lions assistant coach Farrell said: "We are not paranoid.

"If we are paranoid about getting things right then yes, we are. You've got to get things right.

"We are leaving nothing to chance. It is important we have everything covered on and off the field.

"We are trying to do our best on the field, and off the field we have to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the on-field stuff as well."

Up next for the Lions is a clash with the Combined Country XV in Newcastle on Tuesday, and Farrell added: "For the 23 that are going to come against us, it's probably going to be the biggest game of their lives.

"You can play against anyone and for the first 20-25 minutes it's always going to be a battle. They will bring a lot of intensity and guts to the game."

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