Ryan Fox is poised to watch the Lions tour
Like any self-respecting New Zealander Fox will be all over the Lions tour.
As the son of All Blacks legend Grant Fox – who kicked the Lions to defeat in 1993 and is now a selector for the side – he will be even closer to the series.
“For the All Blacks at the moment it’s not who they are going to pick, it’s who they have to leave out which is a good problem to have,” said Fox.
“There’s a lot of talk now about who is going to be picked and what our side is going to look like and worrying about a few injuries here and there.
“The Lions look they have picked a physical side and from watching Ireland beat us last year I think that is the only way you can beat us. You can’t run us around the park – we’re too good at defending it and too good at open rugby to compete with – but if you can beat us up and be physical you have a chance.
“But I’m confident. I don’t think we’ve lost at Eden Park since 1994 and I’m pretty sure we haven’t lost anywhere in New Zealand since 2009. With two out of the three Tests at Eden Park we should be OK.
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For the All Blacks at the moment it’s not who they are going to pick, it’s who they have to leave out which is a good problem to have
“I’ll be over here so I’ll be doing everything in my power to watch it. I’ve a few mates in London who will be having a social occasion around it so I’ll hopefully get a chance to hang around with them but if not I’ll be doing my utmost to watch it wherever in the world we are. Hopefully I don’t get too many early morning Saturday tee times.”
Fox, 30, who is based in Wimbledon, is playing his first full season on the European Tour having graduated from the Challenge Tour last year.
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He did, however, find space in his schedule to pop back to New Zealand in March to play in his national open. He finished sixth with one Steve Williams on the bag.
“I don’t think Steve had ever caddied for a New Zealand pro at the New Zealand Open and I was lucky enough to get the offer. My caddie wasn’t coming down so he wasn’t a bad replacement for a week,” said Fox.
“I learned a lot. You can see why he’s been at the highest level of golf for so long. He’s kind of the boss without it feeling like he’s the boss. He makes you believe 100 per cent in what you are doing. I don’t think you can necessarily teach that.
“I learned a bit about how Tiger practiced from him so hopefully I can use a bit of that going forward.”