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Steve Hansen: “I always find it amusing when people tell us they’re going to beat us up in the tight five,”. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s an immutable truth that anyone who says “I don’t mean to brag” is about to do exactly that, just as the words “with the greatest respect” will su(...)

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

Perhaps not since the millennium loomed had there been a build-up quite like it. And while some sporting strays might have assumed Sky’s countdown clo(...)

“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(...)

Is Liam Williams a better option than George North on the left wing? Some rugby writers in New Zealand think so.

Condescension or grudging respect? The New Zealand rugby media appear to be struggling to straddle that fine line in the wake of the Lions 34-6 victor(...)

Lions’ head coach Warren Gatland takes to the pitch before the game. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A satisfied Warren Gatland maintained that the Lions are in a good place after recording a third successive tour win at the expense of the Chiefs in H(...)

Lions defence  Coach Andy Farrell with Johnny Sexton: “I think we’re going to have to take ourselves to a place that individually we’ve not been to before. But the boys realise that and are excited by that challenge.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For the Lions to have a chance of beating the All Blacks in their Eden Park fortress in just the first Test, never mind over a three-match series, the(...)

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(...)

Ross Moriarty's Lions tour has been ended by injury. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

As expected, and as long since indicated by Warren Gatland, a quartet of Welsh players who played against Tonga in Eden Park last Friday have been add(...)

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 (...)

Warren Gatland’s side head to Eden Park looking to build some momentum. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Blues v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park Kick-off: Wednesday 7.35pm local time (8.35am BST) On TV: Live on Sky Sports This is a bigger ga(...)

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