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The 50 greatest British & Irish Lions

Gareth Edwards has been named the greatest Lion in history, in a list of the top 50 British and Irish Lions published today by the Guardian.<p>A …

The Lions tour of 1989: the footnote that should have been a landmark

There have been four successful Lions tours in the modern era (taking 1930 as the start) but while the historical achievements of the 1971 and 1974 …

A history of Lions tours: 'Drinking bouts, unpaid debts, girls in tears'

Willie John McBride stood in his underpants and surveyed the scene in front of him. The wreckage of his hotel lobby lay all around, with, as Willie …

Lions tour 2013: Andy Farrell questions Quade Cooper's Australia omission

Criticising the selection mistakes of fellow coaches is not usually the done thing but this is a Lions tour and Andy Farrell knows a soft target when …

Lions tour: Australia rugby fans urged to paint the town gold

Australia supporters will be given gold-coloured safari hats to wear during the three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions.<p>More than 50,000 …

Lions are 'cheats' in scrum, breakdown and the loose, claims Bob Dwyer

The former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer has upped the ante for bad feeling on the Lions tour by describing the tourists as "cheats".<p>"We have a great …

Injuries start to take toll as Lions strive to start series with a roar

All Lions tours have their twists and turns but this one is now spiralling away into comic-book fantasy. The 36-year-old Shane Williams has been …

Lions tour is bigger than World Cup, says Australia's Berrick Barnes

Australia will hardly be in mourning if Jamie Roberts, George North and Manu Tuilagi are ruled out of Saturday's first Test in Brisbane, but they …

How the Lions capitulated to Australia in the first Test of the 1989 tour

The Lions' buildup<p>From a results point of view there could be no doubting that so far the 1989 Lions tour to Australia had been a roaring success …

Which players should start for the Lions in the first Test against Australia?

If one man's misfortune can be another man's opportunity, this Lions tour of Australia has provided more than its fair share of chances to the …