Lions Test fullback Leigh Halfpenny appears to listen intently as outhalf Jonny Sexton speaks during the captain’s run out at  Churchie School in Brisbane. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to put this into context? “This is our shot at forever,” ventured Paul O’Connell this week, which re-invoked the immortal words of forwards coa(...)

Lions trio Dan Lydiate, Jamie Heaslip and Toby Faletau in Hong Kong for the game against the Barbarians.  The Lions won 59-8. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I like the idea of the Lions; all that stuff about the players of four nations forgetting their differences and forging a new collective identity agai(...)