British and Irish Lions’ fly-half Finn Russell dives over the top of South Africa’s  Cheslin Kolbe during the third Test at  Cape Town Stadium. Photograph: Phill magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa 19 British & Irish Lions 16 (South Africa win the series 2-1) Well, that was one that got away, and in vowing not to die wondering, (...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Castle Lager Lions Series trophy after the win over the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 19 British & Irish Lions 16 (South Africa win the series 2-1) The Lions had clearly made a vow that they wouldn’t die wondering, yet(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland: he has made six changes and introduced three more players straining at the leash to a much-changed bench. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa V British & Irish Lions,  Cape Town Stadium, Saturday, 5pm Irish time - Live on Sky Sports, highlights Virgin Media Two And so,(...)

Warren Gatland has made six changes to his British and Irish Lions team for the third Test against South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland has conceded that the British and Irish Lions’ woes in the air and their difficulties in the last 20 minutes prompted him to make half (...)

Robbie Henshaw tackles  South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi during the second Test in Cape Town. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

15 Stuart Hogg The Lions were beaten decisively in the aerial battle and the fullback struggled at times in that facet of the game and might have als(...)

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus gives advice on the pitch while acting  as a water carrier during the first Test against the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

So, how did that happen – Lions 22 points, South Africa 17? Despite it being a historic victory and having a nail-biting final 20 minutes, it was a T(...)

Willie le Roux of South Africa in action during the first Test  against the British & Irish Lions. Photograph:   Luigi Bennett/EPA

South Africa have backed the officials’ decision to chalk off Willie le Roux’s potentially match-changing try in the 22-17 Test loss to the British an(...)

Jack Conan runs at the South Africa defence alongside Lions team-mate Robbie Henshaw. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland admitted after the British & Irish Lions’ win in the first Test over South Africa that the result could have gone either way, but t(...)

British & Irish Lions hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie (fourth from right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the first  try of the first Test against South Africa at Capte Town Stadium. Photograph:  Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa 17 British & Irish Lions 22 Trailing 12-3 at the break, the Springboks had the Lions exactly where they wanted them, but as one susp(...)

Jack Conan in action for the Lions against the Stormers during the game in Cape Town. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Jack Conan has become one of the undoubted rugby stories of the year. A feelgood story too. And one that wouldn’t have seemed possible at the start of(...)

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