Sam Warburton

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 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(...)

Kyle Sinckler scrums down with Sam Warbuton, Rory Best and Joe Marler during British and Irish Lions training in Auckland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

About the nearest squad member to come under the tag of a bolter is the 24-year-old Harlequins tighthead Kyle Sinckler. He makes his first start for t(...)

British & Irish Lions head  coach Warren Gatland has named his first team of the tour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Warren Gatland’s opening Lions selection of the 2015 tour for Saturday’s meeting with the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians ticks a significant number(...)

The British and Irish Lions squad watch as a maori warrior leads a haka on their arrival at Auckland. Photograph: NZ Herald/PA

Fresh-faced and smartly suited, the 41-man Lions squad – along with an off-pitch backroom team of similar numbers – were left in little doubt as to th(...)

All Black captain Kieran Read performs the haka during the International Test match between  New Zealand and Wales at Eden Park last June. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Isa Nacewa played for Auckland in the penultimate game of the last British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005 tour, when a late Ronan O’Gar(...)

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(...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland with his captain Sam Warburton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Warren Gatland has admitted that Conor Murray’s ongoing shoulder/nerve injury is a concern for the Lions coaches and that the Munster scrumhalf, havin(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach at the squad and captain announcement in London. Photograph: Inpho

In Johnny Sexton, Owen Farrell and Dan Biggar, aside from all their kicking, passing, running and tackling qualities, the Lions coaches have picked th(...)

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