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Chan Hong Meng: “Receiving a Michelin star is a very humbling experience for a hawker.”  Photograph: Laura June Kirsch

Last year has come to be seen as the pivotal point when the Michelin Guide, arbiter of restaurant dining, confirmed it really was all about the food, (...)

 British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland: if his team beat the All Blacks not just twice but twice in succession  his reputation as a pragmatist and a worker of mind games will be soaring. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

What’s going through Warren Gatland’s mind now? Let’s say it is half past nine on Saturday morning right this second and that his B&I Lions are ou(...)

Lions squad training at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to quantify this one? Rugby’s “greatest series”, to quote Sky Sport NZ’s advertising campaign – and that hyperbole doesn’t seem excessive – has re(...)

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(...)

 Lions’ Maro Itoje and New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick jump for a line out. Retallick  said the Lions had raised the physicality stakes in game two. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

The All Blacks are chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch on Saturday against the British and Irish Lions and avenge only their fifth loss i(...)

Steve Hansen: “I always find it amusing when people tell us they’re going to beat us up in the tight five,”. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s an immutable truth that anyone who says “I don’t mean to brag” is about to do exactly that, just as the words “with the greatest respect” will su(...)

The red army celebrate after the victory over the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s always the same on Lions tours. Up until the final midweek game before the first Test, there’s the warm-up games and the jousting and sparring in(...)

 Jack Kyle scores a try against France in  Belfast in 1953.

Dr Jack Kyle was voted Ireland’s greatest ever rugby player in 2002, more than four decades after he had last represented his country. He first playe(...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett: has the capacity to cause the Lions serious problems at Eden Park.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park, Auckland. Kick off: 8.35am. TV: Sky Sports 1, 7.30am (follow on our liveblog from 7.45am). (...)

DB Clarke of the All Blacks arrives too late to stop British Lions’ fly-half Bev Risman scoring  the winning try at Auckland in  September 1959. Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

As far as omens go for the British & Irish Lions in their Test opener against the All Blacks this weekend, Warren Gatland could do no better than (...)

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