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Hi, We're all a bit disappointed this evening after the defeat, after such a tremendous start.

We've just arrived back at the boys' hotel where there are hundreds and hundreds of Lions supporters waiting to catch a glimpse of the boys.

Alfie has just finished a really emotive speech, in which he told the boys he was proud to lead them onto the pitch tonight and even more proud to lead them off it.

He told them he knew they all gave 100 per cent.

We've seen Gethin. He's hurt his ankles but we think he's okay.

I think people are feeling a bit down tonight because the result is inevitable, but it's difficult to be too miserable because the New Zealanders are such fantastic hosts.

We fly again tomorrow morning to Tau Po in a tiny plane and I'm on strict instructions from David not to buy anything - my luggage is weighing a ton! I don't know what I've brought with me altogether but I'm regretting it now!

Welly was buzzing with Lions supporters this week. It's a big, vibrant city and we saw a lot of the Lions players walking around the city.

They look quite inconspicuous wandering around until someone spots them and asks for photos - then they get mobbed!

We saw Prince William arrive at their hotel at lunchtime. There were loads of press and people took a few pictures.

The Gullivers ship is in dock here, too. It looks brilliant - how the other half live!

We are staying with a cousin here and her friend. They live on the side of a mountain with 10 flights of wooden steps running to it. There are stunning views over the sea and we can see aeroplanes arriving every 10 minutes.

New Zealand is going all out to welcome everyone.

Bye for now...
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 3, 2005

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