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Rugby: Cherish the Lions while they are here - New Zealand Herald

Rugby: Cherish the Lions while they are hereNew Zealand HeraldIt's a good idea to cherish the Lions while they are here. Who knows if they will be back in New Zealand in 2029 as planned, and if they do, what a tour will look like then. For the older generation, a Lions tour has already been reduced from the epic ...and more »

British & Irish Lions 'Arguably' Rugby Union's Best Commercial Brand - SportsBusiness Daily (subscription)

British & Irish Lions 'Arguably' Rugby Union's Best Commercial BrandSportsBusiness Daily (subscription)The British & Irish Lions is "not only one of the biggest sporting names in rugby union," it is also "arguably" its premier commercial brand, according to Bill Wilson of the BBC. This weekend, the squad kicks off its tour of New Zealand, the first ...and more »

No public meet-and-greet for Lions' fans in Northland - New Zealand Herald

No public meet-and-greet for Lions' fans in NorthlandNew Zealand HeraldLions captain Sam Warburton poses with Lions supporters after the British and Irish rugby team arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday. The British and Irish Lions will be in Northland for 48 hours only and no public meet-and-greet has been planned ...and more »

Air New Zealand mocks Qantas with new 'Lions' ad - Newshub;

Air New Zealand mocks Qantas with new 'Lions' ad - Newshub

NewshubAir New Zealand mocks Qantas with new 'Lions' adNewshubNew Zealand's national carrier has taken a potshot at trans-Tasman rivals Qantas after the British and Irish Lions chose to fly here on the Australian airline. Teasing new footage of the Lions following their arrival in Auckland, Air New Zealand ...and more »

Skipper Warburton to start in Lions opener - Daily Mail;

Skipper Warburton to start in Lions opener - Daily Mail

Daily MailSkipper Warburton to start in Lions openerDaily MailThe British and Irish Lions have thrown captain Sam Warburton straight into the fray as they look to make a winning start to their tour of New Zealand. Warburton, who is returning from a knee injury that sidelined him in April, will lead a powerful ...and more »

3 Irish players named in first Lions team - Buzz.ie;

3 Irish players named in first Lions team - Buzz.ie

Buzz.ie3 Irish players named in first Lions teamBuzz.ieThe first British & Irish Lions team for the summer tour of New Zealand has been announced. Three Irish players make the 15 to face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians at Toll Stadium, Whangarei. Johnny Sexton, Iain Henderson and Rory Best have been ...and more »

Opinion: An exciting time to be a sports fan - New Zealand Herald

Opinion: An exciting time to be a sports fanNew Zealand HeraldIt's an exciting time for Kiwi sports fans, with two big events under way that don't come around every day - the Lions tour and the America's Cup. There was a media frenzy when the Lions touched down at Auckland Airport yesterday, with live updates ...and more »

Jason Robinson: The Lions must stop Beauden Barrett if they hope to overcome New Zealand - The Sun;

Jason Robinson: The Lions must stop Beauden Barrett if they hope to overcome New Zealand - The Sun

The SunJason Robinson: The Lions must stop Beauden Barrett if they hope to overcome New ZealandThe SunJASON ROBINSON knew more about the lions in the wild than the ones on the pitch when he was first picked to wear the famous red jersey. He made just three sub appearances for England before packing his bags to face the Wallabies in 2001.and more »

Johnny Sexton to start first Lions game along with Rory Best and Iain Henderson - Irish Mirror;

Johnny Sexton to start first Lions game along with Rory Best and Iain Henderson - Irish Mirror

Irish MirrorJohnny Sexton to start first Lions game along with Rory Best and Iain HendersonIrish MirrorJohnny Sexton has been handed an early chance to nail down his Test credentials on the Lions tour. Sexton is one of three Irishmen named in the first Lions selection for the opening clash against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on Saturday.and more »

CONFIRMED - Three Irishmen named in the Lions team to face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - Irish Independent;

CONFIRMED - Three Irishmen named in the Lions team to face the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - Irish Independent

Irish IndependentCONFIRMED - Three Irishmen named in the Lions team to face the New Zealand Provincial BarbariansIrish IndependentJonathan Sexton as the British and Irish Lions squad arrive at Auckland Airport in New Zealand 1 Jonathan Sexton as the British and Irish Lions squad arrive at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile. Independent.ie ...and more »

British and Irish Lions 2017: Taulupe Faletau expects Sam Warburton to walk the walk, not talk the talk - The Independent;

British and Irish Lions 2017: Taulupe Faletau expects Sam Warburton to walk the walk, not talk the talk - The Independent

The IndependentBritish and Irish Lions 2017: Taulupe Faletau expects Sam Warburton to walk the walk, not talk the talkThe IndependentWhen the British and Irish Lions have their backs against the wall in their three-Test series against the All Blacks, they can turn to their captain, Sam Warburton, for inspiration even if it doesn't come out of his mouth, says Taulupe Faletau. The ...and more »

Top referee Jonathan Kaplan reveals the challenges of controlling an All Blacks test - New Zealand Herald

Top referee Jonathan Kaplan reveals the challenges of controlling an All Blacks testNew Zealand HeraldWorld Rugby's most experienced referee has opened up on the "challenges" of controlling All Blacks tests and warned match officials to be vigilant of illegal New Zealand tactics in the upcoming Lions series. In a column written for the London Telegraph ...and more »

Warburton to lead Lions in NZ tour opener - Independent Online;

Warburton to lead Lions in NZ tour opener - Independent Online

Independent OnlineWarburton to lead Lions in NZ tour openerIndependent OnlineAUCKLAND – Players who had been training together for the past two weeks make up the majority of the British and Irish Lions side to play the opening game of their 10-match tour of New Zealand on Saturday. Coach Warren Gatland's squad only arrived in ...and more »

Warburton to lead Lions in opener - AOL UK;

Warburton to lead Lions in opener - AOL UK

AOL UKWarburton to lead Lions in openerAOL UKCaptain Sam Warburton has been named in the British and Irish Lions side that will take on the Provincial Barbarians in the first match of their tour to New Zealand on Saturday. Warburton helms a side that includes other likely Test starters such as ...and more »

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points - The42;

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points - The42

The42Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking pointsThe42The quality of the Lions' bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth. By Murray Kinsella Wednesday 31 May 2017, 9:17 PM. 39 minutes ago 1,958 Views 5 Comments. http://the42.ie/3419742. Share2 Tweet Email. Murray Kinsella reports ...and more »

The verdict on the Lions side for the clash with New Zealand Provincial Barbarians as four Welsh players start in ... - WalesOnline;

The verdict on the Lions side for the clash with New Zealand Provincial Barbarians as four Welsh players start in ... - WalesOnline

WalesOnlineThe verdict on the Lions side for the clash with New Zealand Provincial Barbarians as four Welsh players start in ...WalesOnlineThe waiting is over and Warren Gatland has named his Lions side for the tour opener against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday. MARK ORDERS analyses why each player has been selected and assesses what they will offer as the action ...and more »

Sam Warburton leads British & Irish Lions in opener as Kyle Sinckler starts - The Guardian;

Sam Warburton leads British & Irish Lions in opener as Kyle Sinckler starts - The Guardian

The GuardianSam Warburton leads British & Irish Lions in opener as Kyle Sinckler startsThe GuardianPreparation time may have been strictly limited but the 2017 British & Irish Lions will launch their tour of New Zealand on Saturday with no lack of optimism. Sam Warburton will lead a positive-looking XV against the NZ Provincial Barbarians in ...and more »

Lions tour games are not friendlies: every player has something to prove - Telegraph.co.uk;

Lions tour games are not friendlies: every player has something to prove - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukLions tour games are not friendlies: every player has something to proveTelegraph.co.ukThis team matters. This match matters. Do not get swayed by the notion that the game against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei is a gentle tour loosener before the serious stuff starts next week with a wham-bam itinerary of games ...and more »

Watch: Air New Zealand cleverly mock Qantas after the Aussie carrier brings weary Lions to NZ - TVNZ

Watch: Air New Zealand cleverly mock Qantas after the Aussie carrier brings weary Lions to NZTVNZAir New Zealand has had a friendly dig at rivals Qantas, after the Australian airline was chosen to fly the British and Irish Lions into New Zealand for their six week, 10 match tour. Play Video. Play. Mute. Current Time 0:00. /. Duration Time 0:00 ...and more »

Warburton to lead Lions in tour opener - Radio New Zealand;

Warburton to lead Lions in tour opener - Radio New Zealand

Radio New ZealandWarburton to lead Lions in tour openerRadio New ZealandTour captain Sam Warburton will lead the British and Irish Lions rugby side in their opening tour match against the New Zealand provincial Barbarians in Whangarei. Flanker Warburton forms part of an all-Wales loose forward trio for the match on ...and more »