NEW Zealand legend Sean Fitzpatrick has called on the British and Irish Lions to recall Sam Warburton for the second Test – stating the captain will bring the best out of number eight Taulupe Faletau.

Warren Gatland names his side at 1.30am tomorrow and is mulling over changes to the XV that lost the opening encounter with the All Blacks 30-15 in Auckland.

Warburton was selected on the bench for Eden Park with Faletau flanked by Ireland pair Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien, the former skippering the side.

However, the Cardiff Blues flanker provides more breakdown menace whether with 6 or 7 on his back and former Kiwi hooker Fitzpatrick believes would free up Faletau.

The former Dragons back row forward made nine carries, more than any other Lions forward, and put in 21 tackles, more than anyone else on the pitch, but was eclipsed by an incredible performance by All Blacks captain Kieran Read.

“Having Warburton there will hopefully liven up Faletau, who I thought was exceptionally quiet especially after having a great tour. He was very quiet in that second half,” said Fitzpatrick.

The Lions are seeking a more abrasive edge up front and one of the key selections for Gatland and his management will be the second row.

They plumped for Alun Wyn Jones and George Kruis in the opener but Maro Itoje looks sure to come in while Courtney Lawes and Iain Henderson gave plenty of food for thought in Tuesday’s draw with the Hurricanes.

The Englishman was replaced in the second half, suggesting he is in pole position for a place in the Test 23, while the Irishman’s case was harmed by a yellow card.

“Iain Henderson carried fantastically well,” said Gatland, before pointing out the Ulsterman’s sin bin was a turning point as the hosts cancelled out a 31-17 deficit.

“I thought Courtney Lawes carried well as well in the first half. It’s a position right from the start where we knew we had a lot of strength and it’s a toss-up in terms of selection.

“Primarily those two guys had really strong games tonight to give us some real food for thought.”

Gatland handed a chance to impress to George North in Wellington but the Northampton wing was a victim of Robbie Henshaw’s early shoulder injury.

He moved from out wide to midfield with Exeter’s Jack Nowell then denied the chance to impress at full-back with the arrival of Leigh Halfpenny.

North scored one try but struggled with a thigh problem and blew a chance to secure the spoils when his right foot went into touch as he went over the line with the score at 31-17.

“The back-three didn’t really get a lot of opportunities,” said Gatland. “George North was a bit unlucky on that kick through. He’s put a foot in touch and that’s quite significant in the game.”

The chances of the front row, England props Joe Marler and Dan Cole plus Ireland hooker Rory Best, featuring on Saturday appear slim after they played the full 80 and the same applies for the back row of England’s James Haskell, Wales’ Justin Tipuric and Ireland’s CJ Stander.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw’s tour is over unless Conor Murray or Rhys Webb are ruled out of the third Test while Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, who is behind Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton, probably shares that fate despite a strong tour.