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Warren Gatland’s side head to Eden Park looking to build some momentum. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Blues v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park Kick-off: Wednesday 7.35pm local time (8.35am BST) On TV: Live on Sky Sports This is a bigger ga(...)

Sonny Bill Williams has been named in the Blues starting XV for their clash with the Lions. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

It is a measure of the importance which coach Tana Umaga and the Blues attach to their encounter with the Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday that akin to(...)

All Black captain Kieran Read performs the haka during the International Test match between  New Zealand and Wales at Eden Park last June. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Isa Nacewa played for Auckland in the penultimate game of the last British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005 tour, when a late Ronan O’Gar(...)

Seán O’Brien: His body of work at Test level may tilt the odds of claiming the number seven shirt in his favour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt will reveal his hand for Saturday’s rematch with a vengeful All Blacks at lunchtime today, and the expectation is that he will stick with (...)

Seán O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony in action against Canada at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No team, not in Dublin, not anywhere, beats the All Blacks twice. Just show up next Saturday and take the inevitable trimming, right Joe? “Aw, I hope(...)

Ireland celebrate Robbie Henshaw’s try at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

I know which camp I’d rather be in before the rematch. The Ireland starting XV will largely get a week off to recover physically and prepare for anot(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  shakes hands with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and assistant   Wayne Bennett after the game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph:   Phil Walter/Getty Images

Record-breaking New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has hailed Ireland’s Joe Schmidt as one of the world’s best coaches. All Blacks head coach Hansen prais(...)

Fullback Ben Smith was one of the All Blacks’ best performers at Soldier Field - but often came off second best in the air against Ireland’s Rob Kearney. Photograph: Inpho

Ben Smith 8 The best All Black for long stretches, finishing that try in the corner, one handed, just when it looked like another painful comeback wo(...)

Ireland players Rob Kearney (left) and Jamie Heaslip celebrate following their 40-29 victory over New Zealand. Photograph: Getty

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Finally. As Rory Best declared in his on-field post-match interview at a rowdy Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s been a long(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “We’re expecting a physical encounter, one where they’ll kick the ball a fair bit. Sexton and Murray are both key guys at driving them around the park and have real variation in their kicking game.”

There are chinks of vulnerability there, what with their first three locks all ruled out and an untried, makeshift second-row, a rusty openside and sc(...)

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