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 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 captain Peter O’Mahony receives a pass during a training session in Auckland. Photo: Peter Parks/Getty Images

Peter O’Mahony’s elevation from the Irish bench on the last morning of the Six Nations 13 weeks ago to captain of the British & Irish Lions in the(...)

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(...)

“If it is true then we’re all proud of him here. For his family particularly. We’ll be watching with real interest in terms of how he leads the team.”

Peter O’Mahony, while captaining Ireland from Houston to Toronto in 2013, was asked about his rapid, albeit natural progression to a senior leadership(...)

 Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that’s going on, the off-the-ball stuff.”  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The temperature is rising in the New Zealand winter. Both the All Blacks and the Lions ramped up their performances over the weekend, as did their res(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “I don’t think I want to bring anything different. I just want to bring my game and try and play as well as I can.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony screamed midweek captain even before the Lions squad was announced but, a week out from the first Test against the All Blacks, Warren G(...)

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(...)

 Peter O’Mahony of the Lions celebrating the win over the Crusaders. Photograph: Reuters

Peter O’Mahony will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Maori All Blacks at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday. The Munster capta(...)

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