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Letter from New Zealand: Welcoming Wellington hits the spot - The42;

Letter from New Zealand: Welcoming Wellington hits the spot - The42

The42Letter from New Zealand: Welcoming Wellington hits the spotThe42AFTER THE RELATIVE madness of the first three and a half weeks of this Lions tour, settling into Wellington has felt a little bit like finding a home. For the first time in New Zealand, Warren Gatland's squad have been in the one place for a full week ...and more »

Lions vs New Zealand: Can the All Blacks pull off a series win? - Fijivillage;

Lions vs New Zealand: Can the All Blacks pull off a series win? - Fijivillage

FijivillageLions vs New Zealand: Can the All Blacks pull off a series win?FijivillageThe All Blacks have the chance to secure a series win over the British and Irish Lions at the first attempt when they face off in Wellington tonight. After showing their clinical edge in last weekend's game at Eden Park, the All Blacks are now 80 ...and more »

Lions 2017: Warren Gatland gambles for must-win Second Test - Rugby World;

Lions 2017: Warren Gatland gambles for must-win Second Test - Rugby World

Rugby WorldLions 2017: Warren Gatland gambles for must-win Second TestRugby WorldThe Lions have never won at the Westpac and with the All Blacks unbeaten at home since 2009, the odds are stacked against Warren Gatland's men... TAGS: All BlacksHighlightLionsOwen FarrellSam Warburton. The thwack was perceptible through the cold ...and more »

Lions' pride stung by first Test battering - The Australian

Lions' pride stung by first Test batteringThe AustralianBritish and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has said his teammates' faces were as red as the team's jersey after the first Test. Losing by 15 points to the All Blacks was nothing to feel overly bad about. Being pummelled in the physical battle was a ...and more »

'The calendar is too full' - Steve Tew backing shorter Lions tours - TVNZ

'The calendar is too full' - Steve Tew backing shorter Lions toursTVNZNew Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew is confident British and Irish Lions tours will continue but says they will likely be shorter in future. New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew. Source: Photosport. There has been speculation that with ...and more »

Lions playmakers Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell backed to strike up perfect partnership - the Irish News;

Lions playmakers Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell backed to strike up perfect partnership - the Irish News

the Irish NewsLions playmakers Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell backed to strike up perfect partnershipthe Irish NewsJOHNNY Sexton and Owen Farrell can play on instinct for the British and Irish Lions after five weeks "joined at the hip" in New Zealand, according to Andy Farrell. Lions boss Warren Gatland has paired Sexton and Farrell as dual playmakers for today ...and more »

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday, July 1 - Daily News & Analysis

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday, July 1Daily News & AnalysisReuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Saturday: RUGBY New Zealand v British & Irish Lions (0735) Physical second test expected between Lions and All Blacks WELLINGTON - The British and Irish Lions face a do-or-die second test against the All Blacks ...and more »

The moment of truth at the 'Cake Tin' - Bangkok Post;

The moment of truth at the 'Cake Tin' - Bangkok Post

Bangkok PostThe moment of truth at the 'Cake Tin'Bangkok PostSome years ago, Sunday Times correspondent John Hopkins wrote: "A Lions tour to New Zealand is a cross between a medieval crusade and prep school outing." The current crusade has already seen considerable blood spilled without any substantial ...and more »

NZ Rugby boss says Lions tours will continue - FOXSports.com

NZ Rugby boss says Lions tours will continueFOXSports.comWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew is confident British and Irish Lions tours will continue but says they will likely be shorter in future. There has been speculation that with an increasingly congested ...and more »

'Do or die' for the Lions in Wellington - Radio New Zealand;

'Do or die' for the Lions in Wellington - Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand'Do or die' for the Lions in WellingtonRadio New ZealandBritish and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says tonight's second test is the "biggest challenge" of his career. It may also be one of the most significant games in Lions history. Wales captain Sam Warburton. Sam Warburton, of Wales, will captain the ...and more »

Last chance for the Lions to step up - Otago Daily Times;

Last chance for the Lions to step up - Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily TimesLast chance for the Lions to step upOtago Daily TimesThe 2017 British and Irish Lions tour has been years in the planning. But its success or failure will come down to the 80 minutes played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington tonight. Talk of economic benefits and tills ringing may bring smiles to many, but ...and more »

British and Irish Lions warned not to turn Queenstown training camp into a 'stag do' after England's infamous dwarf ... - Daily Mail;

British and Irish Lions warned not to turn Queenstown training camp into a 'stag do' after England's infamous dwarf ... - Daily Mail

Daily MailBritish and Irish Lions warned not to turn Queenstown training camp into a 'stag do' after England's infamous dwarf ...Daily MailThe Lions have been warned not to treat Saturday's four-day camp in Queenstown as a 'stag do' after the 2011 dwarf tossing. Warren Gatland's squad will spend three nights in the infamous ski resort, where England's 2011 World Cup was derailed when a ...and more »

Lions tour: Match Day - excitement builds in the capital - Stuff.co.nz;

Lions tour: Match Day - excitement builds in the capital - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzLions tour: Match Day - excitement builds in the capitalStuff.co.nzA singing Welshman serenades passengers on a Wellington bus on Friday night. He got on the No 43 at Courtenay Place and sang all the way to Newtown. British and Irish Lions fans camped all around Wellington have woken on test match day to a red sky ...and more »

British and Irish Lions 2017: 'Simmering' Andy Farrell wants Lions to beat All Blacks with brains, not brawn - The Independent;

British and Irish Lions 2017: 'Simmering' Andy Farrell wants Lions to beat All Blacks with brains, not brawn - The Independent

The IndependentBritish and Irish Lions 2017: 'Simmering' Andy Farrell wants Lions to beat All Blacks with brains, not brawnThe IndependentIt will not come as a surprise to hear that ahead of the second must-win Test against the All Blacks, Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell is “simmering”. The man in charge of their defence will not have been pleased to see the Lions concede three tries ...and more »

Andy Farrell embraces underdogs tag as British and Irish Lions chase shock win - Independent.ie;

Andy Farrell embraces underdogs tag as British and Irish Lions chase shock win - Independent.ie

Independent.ieAndy Farrell embraces underdogs tag as British and Irish Lions chase shock winIndependent.ieAndy Farrell believes "the underdog has always had his day" as the British and Irish Lions chase an odds-defying second Test victory over New Zealand on Saturday. The Lions are clear outsiders, arriving at Westpac Stadium after suffering a 30-15 first ...and more »

How the Lions was formed - Fiji Times

How the Lions was formedFiji TimesThe Lions began their touring tradition way back in 1888 when captain Robert Seddon led a party of 22 for a tour of Australia and New Zealand that was almost 250 days long. Good things come to those who wait. After a 46-day voyage — a travelling party ...and more »

Lions Tour: Gatland's men to show All Blacks what they're made of in

Lions Tour: Gatland's men to show All Blacks what they're made of in "do-or-die" clash - Express.co.uk

Express.co.ukLions Tour: Gatland's men to show All Blacks what they're made of in "do-or-die" clashExpress.co.ukTHE WOUNDED Lions admit they will see what they are made of today in their “do-or-die” clash against the All Blacks. By Neil Squires in Wellington. PUBLISHED: 22:30, Fri, Jun 30, 2017 | UPDATED: 23:15, Fri, Jun 30, 2017. British and Irish Lions are ...and more »

Lions Tour 2017: Johnny Sexton to deliver seismic shock to All Blacks - Express.co.uk;

Lions Tour 2017: Johnny Sexton to deliver seismic shock to All Blacks - Express.co.uk

Express.co.ukLions Tour 2017: Johnny Sexton to deliver seismic shock to All BlacksExpress.co.ukEARTHQUAKE activity is part and parcel of life around Wellington with tremors a regular occurrence. There was a cheeky little 3.4 recorded yesterday just before the All Blacks' final training run. By Neil Squires in Wellington. PUBLISHED: 00:06, Sat ...and more »

Lions Tour 2017: New Zealand to target Lions' weak lineout in Second Test - Express.co.uk;

Lions Tour 2017: New Zealand to target Lions' weak lineout in Second Test - Express.co.uk

Express.co.ukLions Tour 2017: New Zealand to target Lions' weak lineout in Second TestExpress.co.ukNEW ZEALAND will target the Lions' lineout for special attention after earmarking it as a weakness following the axing of Peter O'Mahony and George Kruis. By Neil Squires in Wellington. PUBLISHED: 00:05, Sat, Jul 1, 2017 | UPDATED: 00:25, Sat, Jul 1, ...and more »

Lions Tour 2017: 'You'll see what we are made of' - Squad members on crucial Test - Daily Star;

Lions Tour 2017: 'You'll see what we are made of' - Squad members on crucial Test - Daily Star

Daily StarLions Tour 2017: 'You'll see what we are made of' - Squad members on crucial TestDaily StarTHE BRITISH Lions have pledged to play the game of their lives and shock the sporting world in Wellington this morning. By Pete Samson / Published 1st July 2017. Warren Gatland GETTY. Warren Gatland will be hoping to avoid a second defeat in New ...and more »