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Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Éanna Falvey, the Lions team doctor, pictured during the trip to Queenstown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions squad will return to training on Wednesday before relocating to Auckland from Queenstown, where they enjoyed a couple of days off in the cou(...)

Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, after the draw with the Hurricanes in Wellington. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

He was damned if he did, and damned if he didn’t. Even so, it was surprising to hear Warren Gatland admit that the furore which greeted his decision t(...)

Iain Henderson of the Lions charges into Brad Shields and Mark Abbott of the Hurricanes. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jack Nowell: He was making an eloquent case for his footballing ability as a fullback when then forced to switch to wing – where he didn’t have q(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions’ clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache. Photo: Michael Bradley/Getty Images

Ireland’s Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions’ clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache. Wales ful(...)

 Rieko Ioane   scores a try for New Zealand as a helpless  Anthony Watson of the Lions looks on  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/Getty

NEW ZEALAND 30 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 For an hour, this was an epic occasion and contest. The Lions confirmed their rapid progression over the (...)

Aaron Smith celebrates Rieko Ioane scoring their second try. Photograph:  Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15 Just too good. The world’s best side at this point in time - and perhaps any other - showed no signs of r(...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during the press conference at the QBE Stadium, Auckland. Photo: David Davies/PA

The media pack has doubled. From the 35 journalists or so and six camera crews prior to the Maori and Chiefs games, on Thursday roughly 75 journalists(...)

The Sexton-Farrell axis looks more of an option for the last 20 minutes or so. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions’ coaching staff are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to finalise their match-day 23 for the first test in Auckland next Saturday, to be announ(...)

British and Irish Lions defence coach Andy Farrell talks to the forwards during training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s enthusiasm as the ultra-intense Lions tour of New Zealand reaches the half-way point is infectious. There’s been no let-up, but the Iri(...)

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