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Gatland to face Gatland in tour opener - Channel NewsAsia;

Gatland to face Gatland in tour opener - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsiaGatland to face Gatland in tour openerChannel NewsAsiaBryn Gatland will face his father Warren's British and Irish Lions side after being named to start at flyhalf for the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in the tour opener in Whangarei on Saturday. Rugby Union - British & Irish Lions Training & Press ...and more »

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 »

All Blacks Brand Value Exceeds $200M - SportsBusiness Daily (subscription)

All Blacks Brand Value Exceeds $200MSportsBusiness Daily (subscription)The brand value of the All Blacks has "soared past" the $200M mark and the visit of the British & Irish Lions will "serve to push it higher into the top echelons of global sports brands," a branding expert said, according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS ...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 »

Tales of the Tours: 2005 - Shrugging off 'Shoulder-gate' - New Zealand Herald;

Tales of the Tours: 2005 - Shrugging off 'Shoulder-gate' - New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldTales of the Tours: 2005 - Shrugging off 'Shoulder-gate'New Zealand HeraldWarren Gatland's British & Irish Lions are seeking just their second series win on New Zealand soil in the 129-year history of clashes between touring sides and New Zealand rugby finest. As excitement grows for the three-test series - the country's ...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 »

All Blacks brand value soars past US$200m - New Zealand Herald

All Blacks brand value soars past US$200mNew Zealand HeraldAll Blacks Sam Cane, Anton Lienert-Brown and Sam Whitelock, model the new All Blacks jersey for the series against the British and Irish Lions. Photo / Photosport. The brand value of the All Blacks has soared past the US$200 million (NZ$282m) mark and ...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 »

Lions name team for opening game against NZ Provincial Barbarians - Rugby World;

Lions name team for opening game against NZ Provincial Barbarians - Rugby World

Rugby WorldLions name team for opening game against NZ Provincial BarbariansRugby WorldLeading man: Sam Warburton will captain the Lions in their opening game. Photo: Getty Images. With the British & Irish Lions team for the first game named, this tour feels real now! The Lions open their 2017 campaign against the NZ Provincial ...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 »