British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand

British and Irish Lions Tour: New Zealand v British and Irish Lions 3rd Test Preview

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We preview the series decider between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions.

A stoic effort from the Lions and a moment of madness from Sonny Bill Williams have turned Saturday’s Test at Eden Park into one of the most exciting prospects the rugby world has ever waited to witness.

The All Blacks know a loss here would see the population of New Zealand slip into a mass depression while a victory for the Lions would have bars up and down the Home Nations pumping until the wee hours of Sunday morning.
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British and Irish Lions Tour: Things We Learnt From The First Test

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Our rugby scribe takes a look at what we learnt from the All Blacks' 15 point victory over the Lions. 

The first Test is done and dusted and there were some harsh lessons learnt by Warren Gatland and his men. But what can we take away from this clash? I’ll take a look at some of the things that caught my eye below.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Hurricanes v British and Irish Lions Preview
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The British and Irish Lions midweek side will take on the Hurricanes in the final midweek game of their 2017 tour. 

The big guns failed to fire against the All Blacks at the weekend so it’s up to the midweek British and Irish Lions side to salvage some pride for the northern hemisphere. They will be hard tasked in achieving this objective, however, as they are taking on a Hurricanes side that contains the most lethal centre pairing in Super Rugby as well as magicians Jordie Barrett and Nehe Milner-Skudder.
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British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand: New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (1st Test)

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The All Blacks and British and Irish Lions go head-to-head in the first of three Tests this Saturday. 

The moment rugby fans across the globe have been waiting for will be upon us this Saturday when the All Blacks and Lions lock horns at Eden Park. The hosts registered a massive victory over Samoa last week while the Lions showed they aren't in New Zealand just for sightseeing by putting in a clinical performance against the New Zealand Maori last weekend.
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British and Irish Lions Tour: Chiefs v British and Irish Lions Preview


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The Lions take on the Chiefs this Tuesday in the penultimate mid-week fixture of their tour. 

The midweek Lions side will be looking to replicate the Test side’s performance against the Maori All Blacks when they take on the Chiefs in Waikato this Tuesday morning. The Chiefs, meanwhile, will be looking to become the third Super Rugby franchise to inflict defeat upon the Lions in 2017.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Smith v Perenara


Opinion-Piece

With only a few days to go until the first Test, our rugby scribe debates the merits of starting TJ Perrenara at scrum-half for the All Blacks. 

The first Test is fast approaching and while All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will have decided on his starting XV months ago, a brilliant cameo performance from Hurricanes man TJ Perrenara against Samoa may have the All Black mentor rethinking the starting nine berth.
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British and Irish Lions Tour: Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions Preview


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The British and Irish Lions will be looking to vanquish the ghosts of 2005 when they take on the Maori All Blacks at the Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday.

As we edge ever closer to the opening Test, the Lions are looking more and more like a ravaged bunched. Injuries are starting to take their toll with Stuart Hogg ruled out of the series and Owen Farrell now facing a race against time to make the opener at Eden Park next week. Poor results aren’t helping their cause either, with Tuesday's defeat to the Highlanders illustrating just how big a gulf in class there is between the midweek side and the men who are likely to start the first Test.
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British and Irish Lions Tour: The French Connection


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Our in-house rugby scribe takes a look at the effects the French Officials may have on the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand.

Most rugby punters cringe at the sight of a French referee being appointed to blow a game that they are having a strike on. Many sure fire bankers have been ruined by the likes of Romain Poite and Jerome Garces, with their whistle happy antics murdering what would have otherwise been a decent game of rugby. So why on earth have these men been appointed to officiate in the grandest rugby spectacle outside of a World Cup? I have no bloody idea, but like the entire population of New Zealand, I’m not too pleased about it.
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British and Irish Lions Tour: Highlanders v British and Irish Lions Preview

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The British and Irish Lions take on the Highlanders this Tuesday, in the tourists’ second mid-week fixture.

The British and Irish Lions will be looking to claim back-to-back victories over New Zealand Super Rugby outfits when they take on the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr this Tuesday. The tourists produced a much-improved showing last Saturday as they ran out 12-3 victors over the Crusaders. They will need to replicate their staunch defensive effort if they are to make it three wins from four on tour.

British and Irish Lions Tour: Crusaders v British and Irish Lions Preview


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We preview Saturday's game between the Crusaders and the British and Irish Lions. 

The British and Irish Lions take on another Super Rugby team in the form of the Crusaders. The Lions come into this one off the back of a heart-wrenching loss to the Blues, which has seen the British media leap into action and crucify Warren Gatland’s game plan.
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Lions Tour 2017: Auckland Blues v British and Irish Lions Preview


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After a poor showing in their Tour opener, the Lions will be looking for much-improved performance when they take on a quality Blues side this Wednesday morning.

The British and Irish Lions second tour assignment looks a whole lot trickier than the first, with an All Black-laden Blues side lying in wait at Eden Park. The tourists were absolutely dire in their opener against the Provincial Barbarians and were lucky to limp away from Toll Stadium with a victory to their names.
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New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions Preview

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Our in-house rugby scribe previews the British and Irish Lions first assignment; A Saturday date with the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. 

British and Irish Lions, who only touched down on New Zealand shores this past Wednesday, face an unknown quantity first up in the form of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. In the ultimate twist of irony, Warren Gatland’s side will take on a team that features the Lions’ mentor’s own son.
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British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand Preview

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The much-anticipated British and Irish Lions Tour gets underway this coming weekend. Our rugby scribe takes a look at what the tourists are in for in ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’.

Rugby fans are about to experience oval ball nirvana with the British and Irish Lions set to get their long-awaited tour of New Zealand underway with a clash against the New Zealand Barbarians. It’s quite a nice start for Warren Gatland’s men who will face much trickier assignments in the coming weeks, including dates with all of the Kiwi Super Rugby franchises as well as the main attractions; A three-match Test series against Steve Hansen’s mesmerising All Blacks and a grudge match against the New Zealand Maori.
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2017 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS TOUR FIXTURES

MATCH 1
NZ PROVINCIAL BARBARIANS V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
3RD JUN 2017 - 09:35 SAST
NZ Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions
Toll Stadium, Whangarei

MATCH 2
BLUES V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
7TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
Blues v British & Irish Lions
Eden Park, Auckland

MATCH 3
CRUSADERS V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
10TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
Crusaders v British & Irish Lions
AMI Stadium, Christchurch

MATCH 4
HIGHLANDERS V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
13TH JUN 2017  09:35 SAST
Highlanders v British & Irish Lions
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

MATCH 5
MAORI ALL BLACKS V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
17TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions
Rotorua International Stadium

MATCH 6
CHIEFS V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS
20TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
Chiefs v British & Irish Lions
FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

MATCH 7 - 1ST TEST
NEW ZEALAND V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – 1ST TEST
24TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Eden Park, Auckland

MATCH 8
HURRICANES V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS
27TH JUN 2017 09:35 SAST
Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

MATCH 9 - 2ND TEST
NEW ZEALAND V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – 2ND TEST
1ST JUL 2017 09:35 SAST
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

MATCH 10 - 3RD TEST
NEW ZEALAND V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – 3RD TEST
8TH JUL 2017 09:35 SAST
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Eden Park, Auckland

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