British and Irish Lions hooker Rory Best has spoken about his love for New Zealand rugby fans ahead of his side's clash with the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight.
Best will lead the tourists as they take on their fourth Super Rugby side of the tour, with the passion of New Zealand fans something that the 104-Test veteran says make the New Zealand so special.
"Rugby is clearly close to everyone's heart here," Best said.
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"They're very passionate, not just about the Super Rugby teams we're playing, but the All Blacks."
"They like to tell us how the All Blacks are going to beat us, that's all part and parcel of the fun of touring."
The Lions' three Test series with the All Blacks begins at Eden Park on June 24.