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Patrick McKendry: British and Irish Lions performance a damp squib - New Zealand Herald

The fireworks which lit up the crisp Whangarei air high above Toll Stadium before this extraordinary match kicked off had little on the collisions against the famous visitors by the players from the second tier of the game here or the shining star ...and more »

Opening game of British and Irish Lions tour in Whangarei sold out - New Zealand Herald

Scaffolders David Junior Makikiriti, left, and Sam Leohan installing a temporary grandstand recently at Toll Stadium, Whangarei, in preparation for tonight's game. Photo/John Stone. Ben Hill. By: Ben Hill. Reporter, NZ Herald. ben.hill@nzherald.co.nz ...and more »

Rugby: Tests against All Blacks to take priority for Lions - Sam Warburton - New Zealand Herald

Sam Warburton has no doubt about the priority of his British and Irish Lions team. It is to win the test series at all costs, even if that means dropping mid-week matches. It's an attitude that probably won't surprise many given the toughness of this ...and more »

Rugby: NZ Provincial Barbarians preparing for game of their lives - New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians 1st-five Bryn Gatland during the Captains Run. Photo / Brett Phibbs. Patrick McKendry. By: Patrick McKendry. Sports writer. patrick.mckendry@nzherald.co.nz @patmck6. Share via email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter ...and more »

Rugby: New Zealand Provincial Barbarians name side to take on Lions - New Zealand Herald

Matt Matich will come off the bench for the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. Photo / Photosport. By: Andrew Johnsen. Andrew Johnsen is the Northern Advocate sports editor. andrew.johnsen@nzme.co.nz northernadvocat. Share via email Share on Facebook ...and more »

Lions under no illusions after opener - The Peninsula Qatar

British and Lions rugby head coach Warren Gatland (centre) sings with the rest of the team in the meeting house during a Maori welcoming at Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Waitangi, yesterday. Reuters. Wellington: If the British and Irish Lions were under ...and more »

New Zealand beer wins over Irish fans with brilliant dig at Chicago win - Irish Independent

British & Irish Lions supporters celebrate during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and 1 British & Irish Lions supporters celebrate during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish ...and more »

Lions welcomed onto Te Tii Marae at Waitangi with powhiri - Newshub

Fresh from Saturday night's narrow win over the Barbarians, the Lions were given a spectacular welcome at Waitangi on Sunday morning. It was the biggest powhiri at the Treaty ground in almost 30 years, with around 500 Māori warriors performing a fierce ...and more »

Travel stiffness keeps Lions awake when they should have been sleeping - Irish Independent

Alun Wyn Jones of the British & Irish Lions following the match between the New Zealand 1 Alun Wyn Jones of the British & Irish Lions following the match between the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the British & Irish Lions. Photo by Stephen ...and more »

There is no point being negative about the Lions' victory - no one was injured and lessons will be learnt - Telegraph.co.uk

There is no point being too negative about Saturday's Lions performance. It was not the most attractive game of rugby I've ever seen but give the Provincial Barbarians credit; they were all comfortable on the ball and it proved to be a good lesson for ...and more »