Tour captain Sam Warburton, who has recovered from a knee injury, will lead the side against the Barbarians, who are mostly composed of players from New Zealand's semi-professional provincial competition.
"I'm really looking forward to it, but I'm nervous as well".
"I know the guys who were involved with Graham Henry in 2001 - he lost half the team on day one because he went "you guys over here, and you guys over there" and the players knew straight away 'well, that's the test side and we're just making up the numbers'".
"He's been great", said Gatland of Sexton. The guys who are playing have been together for two weeks.
"There are so many Lions in contention you would struggle to name 10 who are definitely going to be in the Test side, which is good".
Go figure. These weird sporting arrangements are an accident of a history that left them behind long ago - both the Lions tour and the united Irish rugby team pre-exist Ireland's independence from Britain.
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The Lions' front row had, in any case, set the tone by boring in at scrum-time in the previous tour match, said Wyllie, prompting his Canterbury team mates to resolve to stamp it out in Christchurch. "I will need a good few games before I start hitting my straps but we all know that every game is a massive audition for the test matches".
"We recognise it's going to be a hard game but we have plenty to play for and the boys can't wait to get out there".
"When they won the World Cup again in 2015, they had 31 players who could have been picked to start the final".
But Sky Sports pundit Fitzpatrick says the stream of new talent coming through Super Rugby means the All Blacks should have the strength to outlast the Lions.
Gatland insists the Lions must prize winning Saturday's tour opener against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians over claiming a statement triumph. "Given the limited preparation time we have and other challenges we've faced, it would be ludicrous of us to fight fire with fire".
"I was a little bit nervous about that". Will the Lions roar or (more likely -Ed) will they head homeward with their manes mangled and their tails between their legs?
"It is important the players get that opportunity because if they go well and the team goes well they put themselves in the shop window for a test start", he said.