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Sean O’Brien in action during the second Test win for the Lions over New Zealand in Wellington. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien certainly grabbed and hogged the headlines last week. It was no surprise that his surprisingly and unusually frank critique of the Lions (...)

Robbie Henshaw in action during the  Lions’s 34-6 victory over Chiefs  at Waikato Stadium on June 20, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Regrets, he may have a few, but overall when Robbie Henshaw reflects on his first Lions tour he regards it as one of the highlights of his career to d(...)

The Lions and New Zealand players pose together after the series was shared following the drawn third Test.  Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

If ever a Lions tour in the professional tour provided compelling evidence that this wonderful relic of the amateur era should be maintained long into(...)

British and Irish Lions Jamie George during the second Test in Wellington. He said the series decider is “going to be a fantastic occasion and one we will never forget”. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

A curious quirk of the Lions’ game against the Maori was that Tadhg Furlong was the only non-Saracens man in the Lions’ tight five, as happened again (...)

Éanna Falvey, the Lions team doctor, pictured during the trip to Queenstown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions squad will return to training on Wednesday before relocating to Auckland from Queenstown, where they enjoyed a couple of days off in the cou(...)

New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa celebrates  with Anton Lienert-Brown and Israel Dagg after scoring a  try against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium to avenge their Chicago loss two weeks earlier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

By this point a dozen years ago, the Lions tour was miserable. There was only a dead rubber to look forward to, and the Lions were way off the All Bla(...)

Lions forward Tadhg Furlong  is tackled by the All Blacks’ Jerome Kaino  during the second Test match.  Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Brian O’Driscoll played against the All Blacks 14 times and was on the losing team every time. Ronan O’Gara was 13 losses from 13 meetings. Paul O’Con(...)

Sean O’Brien arriving at a judicial hearing at the New Zealand Rugby offices in Wellington on Sunday. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Had Sean O’Brien been suspended for the third Test it would undoubtedly have been a game changer in favour of the All Blacks. Hereabouts, they respect(...)

Aaron Smith is the source of the All Blacks attacking ploys. If he is dancing diagonally forward from ruck to ruck, taking two steps before torpedoing another hard runner into soaking red jerseys then the series is all but gone.

The more I re-watch the second Test, the more I see how vital New Zealand’s scrumhalf is to their attacking template. Aaron Smith dominated the first (...)

 Alun Wyn Jones  shakes hands with TJ Perenara  after winning thesecond Test in Wellington. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

There’ll probably be raised eyebrows at the decision by the Lions to take a couple of days off and sample the delights and activities of Queenstown in(...)

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