British & Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland insists trash talking is not necessary ahead of his side's first Test against New Zealand.

Gatland - Trash talking must stop

Gatland - Trash talking must stop

Gatland's men go into the game on Saturday as the underdogs, despite winning four of their six warm-up matches.

The Wales coach has selected Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony as his captain for the game in Auckland and he has also made a number of surprising calls.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been critical of the Lions' playing style, with Gatland also claiming the hosts are worried ahead of the three Tests.

But with Saturday's game fast approaching, Gatland admits the talking must stop to allow the players to focus.

He told reporters: "It's not about me at all, this is about the Lions and this group of players. It's not about trying to get one-up on anyone, or me coming home.

"I'm not worried about Steve (Hansen), he can say whatever he likes. If I'm getting up his nose that's a nice position to be in! We've got ourselves to prepare, we know it's going to be a tough encounter.

"Let's let the rugby do the talking because there's been enough trash talking already. So let's get excited about what could be a fantastic series. A couple of sideline things have taken the focus away from that.

"The welcome, the hospitality we have received has been awesome. I'm getting a different message from the one we've been receiving as a squad of players from sometimes what's being reported in the media."