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The Highlanders’ Waisake Naholo  celebrates scoring his side’s first try against the Lions.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Highlanders 23 British & Irish Lions 22 Another one that got away, and the taste of this defeat will feel especially bitter as the Lions had the (...)

 It was interesting to hear Gatland speak so positively of O’Brien’s experience, chat and leadership off and on the pitch against the Crusaders. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Four years ago, Warren Gatland and his coaching staff picked seven backrowers in the Lions squad to tour Australia. Sam Warburton would miss out on th(...)

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton who on Tuesday will play only his second game since early April. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

The previously much-derided and pilloried Lions tourists of 2017 travelled south to Dunedin on Sunday for Tuesday’s latest rendezvous with an in-form (...)

 Lions captain Sam Warburton will lead the side against the Highlanders on Tuesday on his return from an ankle injury. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Fears over the fitness and wellbeing of Lions captain Sam Warburton have been allayed by his recall to lead the tourists in their next game against th(...)

Seán O’Brien during Lions training ahead of their clash with the Crusaders. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seán O’Brien is back and not a moment too soon. Entering their third game of the tour against the all-conquering Crusaders, the Lions could benefit fr(...)

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues offloads the ball to Ihaia West to set up the match winning try at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

When Ian McGeechan coached the Lions in New Zealand in 1993 his policy with the media was simple: say nothing in a polite way. He knew, even at a time(...)

Tana Umaga’s Blues take on the Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

It hasn’t taken long for the bad blood from the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand to resurface. Granted, this is as much a matter of circumstances as any(...)

 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,(...)

British and Lions head coach Warren Gatland sings with the rest of the team in the meeting house during a Maori welcoming at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Photograph: Getty Images

Today’s Maori welcome to the Lions squad assuredly constituted one of the most memorable non-playing days of the tourists’ six week tour of New Zealan(...)

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(...)

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