Geoff Parling

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Paul O’Connell, far right, with, left to right, Mike Phillips, Adam Jones and O’Connell’s second Test replacement Geoff Parling on St Kilda’s Beach, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They may have been blessed to be the first Lions Test team with two former captains in their ranks but with the loss of one of them suddenly the touri(...)

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen and former British and Irish Lions star Austin Healey at the announcement that Setanta Sports has added BT Sport and ESPN to its line up for the next three seasons. Photograph: David Maher / Sportsfile

Former England international and British Lion Austin Healey was never short of an opinion as a player, a character trait that has accompanied his care(...)

Rory Best (left) and Tom Court of the British and Irish Lions during the captain’s run at AAMI Park, Melbourne, scene of Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever about the last Tuesday game before the first Test, the last midweek game of the tour ahead of the second Test really is a speed bump. Admitte(...)

Dan Lydiate (right) who will captain the Lions against Melbourne Rebels alongside outhalf Owen Farrell during the British and Irish Lions captain’s run at AMMI Park today.  Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Dan Lydiate beamed with pride after being named British and Irish Lions captain for tomorrow’s final midweek match against the Melbourne Rebels. The W(...)

 Paul O’Connell  will miss the rest of the tour with an arm injury. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree today refused to dwell on Paul O’Connell’s tour-ending fractured arm.O’Connell sustained the (...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)

Paul O’Connell of the Lions charges upfield against the NSW Waratahs  at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Waratahs 17 Lions 47: The Lions impressively maintained their unbeaten record on this tour with a record winning margin in 21 meetings with the War(...)

British and Irish Lions’ Tommy Bowe has his damaged arm in a sling following the victory over the Queensland Reds at the Suncorp stadium.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

QUEENSLAND REDS 12 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 22: The Queensland Reds rolled the dice and came up just short but it was fun watching them try to out(...)

Sam Warburton during a training session. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Sam Warburton will make his tour bow when he captains the British and Irish Lions against Queensland Reds on Saturday.Flanker Warburton, who missed th(...)

Rob Kearney trains in Perth yesterday despite confirmation of a grade one hamstring tear. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Akin to the Rolling Stones on tour, Brian O’Driscoll tends to revisit big venues for encores. Tomorrow, he begins his fourth tour where he made his Li(...)

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