Jack Stratton of NZ Provincial Barbarians gets his pass away   during the game against the British & Irish Lions at the Toll Stadium in Whangarei, New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians 7 British & Irish Lions 13 The Toll Stadium last Saturday night was set fair. The torrential rain had relented,(...)

 Johnny Sexton of the British & Irish Lions is tackled by Dwayne Sweeney (left) and James Tucker  of New Zealand Provincial Barbarians during Saturday’s game  at the Toll Stadium  in Whangarei. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Johnny Sexton will prove his “world-class” abilities all over again in New Zealand after a tough opening with the British and Irish Lions, according t(...)

Johnny Sexton departed after 48 minutes of a disappointing Lions performance to open their 2017 tour of New Zealand. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Warren Gatland has insisted it would be “unfair” to write off Johnny Sexton’s challenge for a British & Irish Lions test shirt after a difficult n(...)

Stuart Hogg is tackled by Jonah Lowe of the Barbarians. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

NZ Provincial Barbarians 7 British & Irish Lions 13 It wasn’t a defeat. That would have constituted one of the most ignominious days in Lions’ hi(...)