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Brian O’Driscoll takes part in  a recovery session at City Beach in  Perth. The Irishman will captain the Lions against Western Force on Wednesday. Photograph: David Davies/PA

As expected, Brian O’Driscoll will lead a side containing another seven fellow Irishmen as Warren Gatland unveiled an entirely refreshed starting XV f(...)

Owen Farrell applauds  after the Barbarians hooker, Schalk Brits, was shown a yellow card in Hong Kong. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jonny Sexton is a British and Irish Lion; Lion number 791. He may well prove to be the most important Lion on this tour but in any event Sexton’s rich(...)

British and Irish Lions’ Johnny Sexton prepares to kick against the Barbarians during their friendly match in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Lions 59 Barbarians 8: For all the misgivings, to have emerged seemingly unscathed from this preamble to the Oz Odyssey constituted a satisfying be(...)

Conor Murray: “Warren said when we got in that everyone in the squad has the potential to start, so you’ve got to take confidence from that and just try your best.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Logistically it makes some sense for the Lions to stop off in Hong Kong en route to Australia, reducing the travel times and perhaps the jet lag. But (...)

Warren Gatland: happy with the way preparations are going.

A week out from their departure for a commercially-driven detour to Hong Kong and a game against the Barbarians, intrusive from a rugby perspec(...)

Rory Best regathers after blocking down Dan Biggar’s kick in the lead-up to Cian Healy’s try against Wales. Just one example of the Ulster hooker’s skill, ambition and selflessness.

According to author and business consultant Jim Collins, greatness is not a function of circumstance; greatness is largely a matter of consciou(...)

Simon Zebo:The Munster and Ireland wing was possibly one of the  unluckiest of all players not be selected. Photograph: Getty Images

This squad ticks plenty of boxes. It’s a nice blend of experience and relative youth, with an emphasis on the latter given many of the first-ti(...)

Wales flanker Sam Warburton will lead the Lions Down Under. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Nine Irish will join Wales flanker and Lions captain Sam Warburton for this summer’s tour of Hong Kong and Australia. Ten English have been sel(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Napolioni Nalaga scores his side’s try during the Heineken Cup semi-final at Stade de la Mosson in  Montpellier. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 16 Munster 10: In many, many ways this was a better Munster performance than their epic quarter-final win against Harlequins. The Stade de(...)

Two inspirational figures, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell, discuss tactics during yesterday’s captain’s run in Montpellier. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, Clermont have been the standout team in Europe this season. They are the Cup’s only unbeaten side and whether individu(...)

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