Owen Farrell

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Connacht’s Abraham Papali’i makes a high tackle on Munster’s Conor Murray which he was later red-carded for at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Farce or fiasco. Hard words maybe, but it’s not easy to find softer ones to describe the goings-on in South Africa, where the Lions’ moral compass poi(...)

British & Irish Lions’ Tadhg Furlong with Ken Owens in a scrum during the match against Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sharks 7 British & Irish Lions 54 Chaos may have been circling all around them but a welcome chance to actually play a game or rugby despite all (...)

Josh Adams tuns in his third try in the Lions’ opening win over the Sigma Lions at Ellis Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Sigma Lions 14 Lions 56 Josh Adams plundered four tries as the British and Irish Lions opened their tour on South African soil with a rampant 56-14 v(...)

Coach Warren Gatland keeps a watching brief during the Lions  captain’s run ahead of the game against the Emirates Lions in South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Emirates Lions v British & Irish Lions, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg. Kick-off: 6pm local time (5pm Irish). On TV: Live on Sky Sports. At(...)

Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A previous trend in picking Lions captains has been to anoint players who have captained their country on a regular basis. Ireland’s Conor Murray buck(...)

 Finn Russell and Owen Farrell during Lions training on Thursday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Much of the attention will focus on Finn Russell when the British & Irish Lions begin their tour of South Africa against the Gauteng Lions in Joha(...)

 Conor Murray in action during the 1888 Cup match between the  Lions and Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Nothing is cast in stone on Lions tours but one of the more obvious conclusions to be drawn from Warren Gatland’s leftfield decision to appoint Conor (...)

 Conor Murray, Bundee Aki and Tadhg Furlong celebrate with the 1888 Cup after the win over Japan at Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor Murray admits even he was surprised to be appointed British and Irish Lions captain once Alun Wyn Jones had been ruled out of the tour to South (...)

Bundee Aki during the British & Irish Lions captain’s run at   Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

British and Irish Lions v Japan Murrayfield, today, 3pm Live on Channel 4 Four years on from that bizarre endgame in Auckland which completed the dra(...)

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki will start in midfield for the Lions against Japan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As a former Connacht coach himself, Warren Gatland has made it clear he is expecting Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw to make the most of their opportuni(...)

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