First Test Preview

Fixture: The First Test - All Black's v British and Irish Lions Time: 08.35 Stadium: Eden Park, Auckland Match preview: This is it. The match we have been waiting 4 years for. After the Lions victorious display in the final test in Australia to clinch the series rugby fans have been waiting for this game …

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Call the Cavalry

Warren Gatland has called in 6 bodies at the eleventh hour to fill out the squad in this gruelling tour. This decision to call up players has been met with fierce criticism as Gatland has been accused of selecting based on geographic proximity rather than merit. Always one with an opinion Eddie Jones was straight …

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Blues V British and Irish Lions

Fixture: Blues v British and Irish Lions Time: 08.35 Stadium: Eden Park, Auckland The opponents: The Blues are one of the most established teams in Super Rugby having won the tournament three times. The Blues won the first two editions of the tournament when they were coached by All Black's legend and World Cup winning …

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Lions team to face the Blues

Gatland has ringed the changes for the second game of the tour naming an entirely new starting 15. With the games coming thick and fast this will be the trend of the tour with Gatland utilising the depth of his 42 man squad. Only six of the squad from the Barbarians game have been recalled …

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Old School Lions

Since touching down in New Zealand less than a week ago the Lions have spent 80 minutes playing rugby and approximately 800 minutes watching traditional Maori hakas. Watching the Kiwis celebrate their glorious heritage has got me thinking that maybe the Lions should do more to celebrate its roots. With the Lions being a commercial …

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Barbarians V Lions Five Areas of Interest

1. Barbarians passion and skill Seeing the joy on the Barbarians faces as they ran out it was tempting to think that they were just happy to be making up the numbers in the fixture list. However, as soon as the ball was kicked it was clear they meant business, and they troubled the Lions …

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NZ Provincial Barbarians v Lions

Fixture: NZ Provincial Barbarians v British and Irish Lions Time: 08.35 Stadium: Toll Stadium, Whangerai Whooo are yoouu? The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians are a team made up of the very best players from New Zealand's provincial rugby. This is the first Lions tour when the tourists will play Super Rugby teams, and this fixture …

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First Lions Team Announced

Warren Gatland has announced his inaugural team for the first warm up game of the tour. Sam Warburton will be assuming captaincy duties from the first whistle, as he has been given the nod to lead the way in the opener against the NZ Provincial Barbarians. It should come as no surprise that the majority …

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Warrenball: The brains behind the brawn

The last time the Lions won a test series in New Zealand was back in 1971 in the golden days of the amateur era when Willie John Macbride was in his pomp. Back then the structure of the tour was completely different, with the squad playing a mammoth 29 games over a lengthy 3 month …

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A Study of Understudies

Three England internationals currently on their way to New Zealand are in the unusual position of being selected to tour when they are not starters for their nations. The Scots only have three players in the 41 man squad and yet here are three England internationals who are on the plane that do not regularly …

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