All Blacks' Steve Hansen begins the mind games ahead of Lions tour

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says he was hardly surprised with his opposite number Warren Gatland's selections for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

After weeks of speculation Gatland revealed his 41-man squad on Wednesday, featuring 16 England players, 12 Welsh, 11 Irish and just the two Scottish.

"It's pretty much what you'd expect from Warren," Hansen told reporters as key second row Sam Whitelock re-signed with New Zealand Rugby until 2020.

"He likes his big ball carriers in the middle of the park and his big grunty forwards so that's what he's picked and I'd expect we'll get a similar game-style to whatever we've got when we've played a Warren Gatland team."

Hansen -- who is yet to be beaten on home soil in his tenure as head coach -- expected talk of the Lions bringing an expansive game to New Zealand to be purely that.

"I think they'll tell us they will, but I think they will want to win up front first.

"It's going to be a very good side and they'll come with a lot of expectation, which I think is going to be interesting to see how they cope with that. A lot more expectation than they've been used to because people expect them to win."

Hansen believes Gatland may have missed a trick in leaving Dylan Hartley out of the squad.

The Rotorua-born hooker joins Chris Robshaw and Steve Borthwick in failing to make the Lions squad despite captaining England, with Gatland opting for Ireland's Rory Best, Hartley's England understudy Jamie George and Wales' Ken Owens.

"The guy who has the last say is usually the guy that is coaching them. I think he (Hartley) would have been an asset but I'm not picking the team."

The All Blacks won't name their squad for the three-Test series until June 8, two matches into the Lions tour.