Dan Carter believes that the British and Irish Lions shouldn't be afraid of going into battle with the All Blacks for the first test match of their tour on June 24th.
Despite two losses against the Highlanders and the Blues, Carter thinks that the tourists are building a squad as the tour progresses.
"I think they're building. I don't think they should be too fearful. They have only been there a couple of weeks and have some extremely tough games."
The former All Black, who scored 1598 points for his country across a career that spanned 12 years, states that people need to realise how much it means for teams to play against the best of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Many have criticised Warren Gatland's men for less than impressive performances in their opening four matches, but Carter points out that, "you see the celebrations that the Blues and the Highlanders had, they are all hugging each other and its a once in a lifetime experience for these players and it just means so much to be part of a Lions series."
It's only ten days until the Lions take on the might of the the three time World Cup winners, but Carter, who now earns his keep at Racing 92 in France believes that:
"They (Lions) are moving in the right direction, I think that's important. They're growing as a team and I think they have got to take confidence from that, and test match rugby is completely different to anything that they have played to date."
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