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 Sam Warburton: “I still love playing for my club, Cardiff Blues, and Wales but the Lions is what it’s all about for me.”  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

He’s Wales’ second youngest captain of all time after Gareth Edwards. He’s played in 77 Tests, including a World Cup semi-final and two quarter-finals(...)

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(...)

Lions outhalf Owen Farrell gets in some kicking practice at Eden Park  Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park. Kick-off: 8.35am Irish. On TV: Live on Sky Sports The first Test in this series assured(...)

 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). (...)

British and Irish Lions Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Furlong preparing for the first Test against New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was only a year and a week ago, in Ireland’s second Test against South Africa in the Highveld of Johannesburg, that Tadhg Furlong was elevated to t(...)

Captain Peter O’Mahony speaks to the British & Irish Lions team before facing the Maori All Black. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At various junctures in the past year and a half, you’d have been given long, long odds on Peter O’Mahony being captain of the British & Irish Lio(...)

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 (...)

 Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that’s going on, the off-the-ball stuff.”  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The temperature is rising in the New Zealand winter. Both the All Blacks and the Lions ramped up their performances over the weekend, as did their res(...)

Ronan O’Gara and Dan Carter  at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow for the SoftCo Foundation Gala Dinner Launch.   Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dan Carter and Ronan O’Gara can fill a room. They walk in and inflate in size, seize the space. Today they are talking Lions and All Blacks and in a r(...)

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