Lions perform hymn on arrival into New Zealand

New Zealand 31/05/2017

The Lions have wasted no time in unveiling their heavily rehearsed choral repertoire upon arriving in New Zealand Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Warren Gatland admitted he'd been holding singing practice following each training session over the past few weeks as they fine-tuned four songs, one for each nation represented, to be used as responses to the expected Maori challenges.

The squad came face-to-face with such a challenge just moments after touching down on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport, and took the opportunity to launch into a full-voiced rendition of Colan Lan as a reply to the passionate powhiri.

Lions tour manager John Spencer thanked the group for their "incredible welcome".

"You have a reputation for these welcomes, and this was no exception," he said.

"We know you have the most beautiful country here - we're all looking forward to visiting it. We're hoping we'll do it justice."

The tourists will take on a demanding schedule, set to play a total of 10 matches during their month-long journey.

They'll open their campaign Friday night against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei.