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Lions forward Sean O’Brien in action against the All Blacks  at Westpac Stadium on July 1st. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park. Kick-off: 7.35pm NZ time/8.35am Irish/UK time. On TV: Live on Sky Sports The Lions emba(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

 Lions’ Conor Murray in action scoring a try on Saturday. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24 An epic occasion has an epic match. It was flawed, fierce, dramatic, improbable, unrelenting, unpredictab(...)

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 (...)

Jonathan Sexton gets in some kicking practice at the  Westpac Stadium, Wellington.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 7.35pm NZ time/8.35am Sat Irish time. Live on Sky Sports 1 Four years(...)

 Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton discuss tactics with Rob Howley at Lions training in Porirua, Wellington. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 7.35pm local time (8.35am Irish). TV: Live on Sky on Sky Sports. The (...)

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