Graham Henry

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“What the Lions are doing is very much a Saracens approach, to put a brand on it, and Saracens don’t get tipped over very often.”

Not exactly the forgotten man, Robbie Deans could so easily be in and around Auckland this weekend. The sliding doors of fate connived otherwise. Inst(...)

British and Irish Lions team huddle with Warren Gatland during the training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory over the Crusaders would have emboldened the Lions, and the Maori scalp should convince them a Northern Hemisphere approach to rugby can overc(...)

Maro Itoje  has to feature somewhere at some stage against the All Blacks. Photograph:  Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

One of the points of differences between the Lions and New Zealand teams is how they will go about finding space and creating quick possession. Kiwi (...)

James Ryan  goes over for Ireland’s seventh try during the Test match against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 Amateurs mostly, some gathered from other sports, literally swept aside by professionals. The US Eagles, stocked with collegiate p(...)

 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(...)

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