Rory Best (left) and Tom Court of the British and Irish Lions during the captain’s run at AAMI Park, Melbourne, scene of Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever about the last Tuesday game before the first Test, the last midweek game of the tour ahead of the second Test really is a speed bump. Admitte(...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)

Paul O’Connell of the Lions charges upfield against the NSW Waratahs  at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Waratahs 17 Lions 47: The Lions impressively maintained their unbeaten record on this tour with a record winning margin in 21 meetings with the War(...)

 Simon Zebo (left) and Mako Vunipola after the 64-0 win at Hunter Stadium today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wing Tommy Bowe remains hopeful of being fit for the second Test in Melbourne on June 29th, according to Lions coach Warren Gatland. Bowe underwent su(...)

British and Irish Lions’ Tommy Bowe has his damaged arm in a sling following the victory over the Queensland Reds at the Suncorp stadium.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

QUEENSLAND REDS 12 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 22: The Queensland Reds rolled the dice and came up just short but it was fun watching them try to out(...)

Sam Warburton during a training session. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Sam Warburton will make his tour bow when he captains the British and Irish Lions against Queensland Reds on Saturday.Flanker Warburton, who missed th(...)

Hooker Richard Hibbard may count himself one of the lucky ones in Carton House. Dylan Hartley and Tom Youngs, along with Hibbard, are the three(...)

’I just got wind of it by the fact that everyone was avoiding me and no-one was making eye-contact with me.’ - Rory Best

Ireland hooker Rory Best was as shocked as his Ulster team-mates when news broke of his omission from the Lions squad to tour Australia in June(...)

Wales flanker Sam Warburton will lead the Lions Down Under. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Nine Irish will join Wales flanker and Lions captain Sam Warburton for this summer’s tour of Hong Kong and Australia. Ten English have been sel(...)

Richard Hibbard scores a try for Wales against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Scotland 18 Wales 28: Defending champions Wales ground out a 10-point win over Scotland at Murrayfield in the penultimate round to keep thei(...)

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