Tommy Seymour, Maro Itoje and Tadhg Furlong. Itoje and Furlong are the sort of men who can help the modern Lions reach new heights.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History shows us that a Lions tour wastes no time taking an irreparable turn for the worst. This unique squad can only perform if the sum of its parts(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton alongside tour manager John Spencer. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

It is a measure of the 2017 Lions squad that despite accommodating four more players than was the case for the original 37-man squad four years ago, t(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney dives over to scores a try against the Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

These two don’t do dull. In their 11th clash in five seasons, and first of at least four this season, almost inevitably both sides went at each other (...)

British and Irish Lions Tommy Bowe tackles  Australia’s  Joe Tomane during the second Test. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He won’t like the description, but aside from recovering from a broken hand Tommy Bowe is also becoming something of an old hand at this big-game lark(...)