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Peter O’Mahpny captained the Lions against the New Zealand Maori and could do so again in the first Test. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Peter O’Mahony looks to be the front-runner to captain the British & Irish Lions in the first test against New Zealand at Eden Park next Saturday (...)

Tadhg Furlong delivered another fine performance in the Lions’ 32-10 win over the New Zealand Maori. Photograph: David Davies/PA

15 Leigh Halfpenny He’s yet to miss off the tee during this tour. He was very solid, with ball in hand and in defence, and is likely to retain the j(...)

Warren Gatland has retained 11 of the starting XV which beat the Crusaders for Saturday’s clash with the New Zealand Maori. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Audition time. In retaining 11 of the starting team from last week’s benchmark win over the Crusaders - the high point of the tour to date - for Satur(...)

 Owen Farrell of the Lions misses a crucial penalty against the Highlanders watched by kicking coach Neil Jenkins at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions provided something of a template for their defence on this tour against the Crusaders last Saturday. But the intriguing, and slightly unne(...)

Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the rest of the Lions tour with a fractured facial bone. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty

The Lions management will not be calling up a replacement for Stuart Hogg after it was confirmed that the luckless Scottish full back has been ruled o(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton: “I’ve got to concentrate on myself and bringing the best performances out of myself and see where that gets me.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton may be a relative Lions’ veteran, and a proven winner as their chief playmaker in all three tests in Australia four years ago, but he re(...)

Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jonathan Davies dejected after defeat in the second Test to Australia in 2013.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No such thing as a stupid question. That’s what they tell you in the journalism colleges anyway. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool, goes the theory.(...)

Paul Wallace played all three Lions Tests in South Africa in 1997 having been called up as a replacement. Photograph: Bily Stickland/Inpho

It’s a nervous time for those players selected to travel with the Lions to New Zealand who are still involved with their clubs and provinces in season(...)

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(...)

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