Graham Henry

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 Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray  breaks with the ball during the match against the  Crusaders at AMI Stadium  in Christchurch. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former New Zealand and Lions supremo Graham Henry has hailed Conor Murray as the best scrumhalf in the world and believes that the Lions are coming to(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Leo Cullen: “We want to be a team that plays. With that comes some risks at times so you’ve got to take that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perhaps it goes with the territory. Teams from big cities appear to have an onus or inclination to play with fair. Be it the Auckland Blues, the New (...)

Clermont’s Morgan Parra and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nobody can say Clermont weren’t due one over Leinster. Camille Lopez’s drop goals balances the scales for all those Brock James misses at the RDS in 2(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland at Wednesday’s squad and captain announcement in London. Photograph: Inpho

The coach The single most important decision the British & Irish Lions had to make was settled back in September, when they chose Warren Gatland (...)

 Steve Borthwick, forwards coach, Warren Gatland head coach, Rob Howley, backs coach and Andy Farrell the defence coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Suffice it to say the process of Lions selection has changed over the years. The first tour in 1888 was dreamt up by three cricketers and was on the w(...)

Joey Carbery’s presence makes Johnny Sexton a far more dangerous proposition. And vice versayan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal, by standing at second receiver, have brought a valuable attacking element to both Leinster and Munster. But lookin(...)

Wales scrumhalf Rhys Webb in action against Ireland in this year’s Six Nations game at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

Graham Henry once lamented that Welsh rugby was bedevilled by extremes and that if it were a shower, it would be either too hot or too cold. This se(...)

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