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Series a great advert for rugby - Hansen

He congratulated the Lions and said both teams had played their hearts out through the three Tests.<p>The All Blacks had given themselves some big …

Lions History

July 6, 2013<p>The British & Irish Lions secured their first series victory in 16 years in the most emphatic fashion in Sydney as they defeated …

Steve Hansen: Why the Lions concept must always be protected and how my time in the police shaped me as a person

Sit with the All Blacks head coach and you expect to be listening to a warlord with no insecurities, no doubts. So it was a surprise to find Steve Hansen so philosophical about New Zealand’s defeat to the Lions in Wellington. Even the thought of losing a series to them for the first time since 1971 …

Five key issues ahead of decider between New Zealand and the Lions | Paul Rees

The British & Irish Lions have momentum after their memorable win in Wellington, but the All Blacks will be charged up by defeat<p>New Zealand rarely lose and hardly ever at home. Just as the British & Irish Lions burned with desire and determination in Wellington, knowing they had to win to remain in …

Rod Kafer backs Ngani Laumape to start ahead of Malakai Fekitoa for Lions decider at Eden Park

FORMER World Cup-winner Rod Kafer has backed Ngani Laumape to replace Sonny Bill Williams in the All Blacks’ No 12 jersey for Saturday’s series …

British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland could coach All Blacks - Sir Graham Henry

<b>British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland could take charge of New Zealand one day, says Sir Graham Henry.</b><p>The tourists' 24-21 victory in Wellington on Saturday was their first victory over the All Blacks since 1993.<p>Henry, who steered the All Blacks to win the 2011 World Cup, believes Wales …

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen admits British and Irish Lions victory in second Test was healthy for the sport

Steve Hansen acknowledged that rugby ‘needed’ the Lions to win on Saturday night to shake up the old order of All Blacks dominance.<p>A 78th minute …

New Zealand lost the plot, are rattled and hurting - the swingometer is with Lions for decisive third Test

Warren Gatland, Sam Warburton and the rest of the Lions deserve the congratulations that will come their way. It was an incredible performance.<p>A lot …

Why only a Lions win can keep Warren Gatland at the top of world rugby: the explosive Gwyn Jones column

<b>Former Wales captain and top TV pundit Gwyn Jones writes a popular rugby column for WalesOnline every week during the international window. These are</b> …

Lions hampered by limited Six Nations

Guardian writer Paul Rees said the play of the Lions reflected the Six Nations, 'full-blooded but limited'.<p>"The Lions have not lacked ambition this …

Lions team v New Zealand: Alun Wyn Jones selection baffles while midfield is HUGE gamble

GETTYAlun Wyn Jones keeps his place while Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton will run the midfield<p>The Welsh lock will be playing in his eighth …

British and Irish Lions: Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell start in second Test

<b>Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell will start together for the British and Irish Lions in the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.</b><p>Sexton comes in at fly-half with Farrell at inside centre, the first time the combination has started in New Zealand.<p>Captain Sam Warburton replaces Peter O'Mahony …

British and Irish Lions hold Captain's Run at Jerry Collins Stadium ahead of tour match with Hurricanes

The British and Irish Lions have trained at the picturesque Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua as they prepare for Tuesday's tour match against the …

'It's an absolute mess' - Brian O'Driscoll says Warren Gatland's Lions call-ups were a big mistake

Two weeks ago Gatland had called up Wales internationals Cory Hill, Kristian Dacey, Gareth Davies and Tomas Francis, as well as Scottish duo Allan …

Warren Gatland

Origins of the All Blacks name

It was the custom in the formative rugby years of the 19th century to refer to teams in newspaper reports by their jersey colours: Auckland, for …

New Zealand flanker Jerome Kaino predicts 'huge lift of intensity' if the Lions start Sam Warburton: 'They get stronger having him in there'

New Zealand star Jerome Kaino has predicted a 'huge lift of intensity' at the breakdown area if British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton starts …

British and Irish Lions 2017: Hurricanes reinforced by All Blacks trio to make Lions' task that little bit harder

Steve Hansen has made the British and Irish Lions’ task of bouncing back from their first Test defeat against the Hurricanes on Tuesday that little …

English Rugby

All Blacks preparation acknowledged up north

"Aaron Smith, the quick-witted scrum-half, brought his big forwards, the likes of Brodie Retallick, Kieran Read and Owen Franks, surging on to the …

All Blacks vs Lions, position-by-position player ratings - but who comes out on top ahead of the first Test?

Brian O'Driscoll presents Lions players with their jerseys ahead of first Test against the All Blacks

On the eve of the first Test between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions, former Ireland star Brian O'Driscoll was asked to present the jerseys to the players tasked with defeating the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.<p>As is now custom, a Lions legend is asked to hand out the jerseys to …

Ben Te’o uncovered: The life and times of the England centre

After a miraculous recovery, Ben Te'o is back in action with England in the Six Nations. Here is everything you need to know about the former rugby …

British and Irish Lions: The inside story of Living With Lions - 20 years on

<b>It might just be the greatest sports documentary to ever come out of Britain.</b><p>It is certainly the most quotable, and without question the most revelatory: inside a previously hidden world, showing sport as raw and brutal and beautiful and comic, aped many times but never quite matched.<p>Living With …

New Zealand Vs The British Irish Lions: Three Key Battles

<b>As both Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland have shown their hands and revealed their respective squads, we know exactly who will take to the field on</b> …

Phil Vickery on the Lions: Part 1

Rugby World took a pew with England and Lions legend Phil Vickery to discuss the tour in New Zealand with the First Test looming...<p>Phil Vickery was a …

All Blacks skipper Read in line to face Lions - Foster

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - All Blacks captain Kieran Read took part in a first full contact training session since injuring his thumb on Tuesday and New Zealand coaches are confident the back rower will be fit to face the British and Irish Lions at the weekend.<p>The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team …

All Blacks reveal the Lions player who has really impressed them so far

Jerome Kaino has lifted the World Cup twice but he’s bracing himself for a back-row blockbuster with the Lions during Saturday’s opening Test.<p>The …

New Zealand All Blacks

Preview: Chiefs v The British and Irish Lions

The Lions have arrived in Hamilton with a spring in their step following Saturday’s record win over the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua.<p>That momentum …

Lions need 'warriors and greyhounds' - Woodward

Woodward, who was at the helm in the 3-0 2005 series loss, said that in their last eight games at home, the All Blacks had conceded only an average …

Warren Gatland dreams of having last laugh but Lions must stay tight | Paul Rees

The Lions coach has come in for criticism in his homeland yet knows his side must resist the All Blacks’ attempts to provoke an open game in the first Test<p>History, ancient and modern, points to the Lions being outroared by New Zealand. The All Blacks warmed up for the series by amassing 78 points …