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Aaron Smith celebrates Rieko Ioane scoring their second try. Photograph:  Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15 Just too good. The world’s best side at this point in time - and perhaps any other - showed no signs of r(...)

Scott Barrett, Beauden Barrett and Jordie Barrett, the three brothers who are a part of the All Black squad. Photograph: Getty Images

The All Blacks’ coaching staff will use Thursday’s game against Samoa as a full dress rehearsal for the majority of their frontline team in readiness (...)

Rory Best: lines out for the Lions against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Follow that. The pressure is on this Tuesday’s Lions team, from the Highlanders, and internally too, given how last Saturday’s Lions raised the bar an(...)

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(...)

 Ryan Crotty is likely to be sidelined for at least “a couple of weeks”. Photograph: Dianne Manson/Getty Images

All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty and fullback Ben Smith are in danger of missing the upcoming British and Irish Lions test series after they were injure(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams in action for the Blues, the Lions’ second opponents of the tour. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

This summer’s British & Irish Lions tour has been widely acknowledged as arguably the toughest the tourists have ever embarked upon. Playing the (...)

New Zealand’s Ben Smith in action against Australia last October. Photograph:  Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has given coach Steve Hansen a massive boost by rebuffing lucrative offers from European clubs and re-signing with New Z(...)

Robbie Henshaw is supported by Garry Ringrose and Johnny Sexton as he makes a break against Zebre. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Offloading was frowned upon when I entered the professional ranks in the late 1990s. The grumpy old senior player would pull me up even if the pass s(...)

Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus dismissed speculation linking All Black fullback Ben Smith with Munster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It will be intriguing to see how Munster respond to their first defeat in eight matches at Welford Road last Saturday in Monday’s Guinness Pro12 summ(...)

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