Rugby: 'Kiwi' Lions Ben Te'o, Jared Payne hail from very different backgrounds - New Zealand Herald

Kiwi Lions Ben Te'o and Jared Payne have been described as the "ultimate competitors" by Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell. The two NZ-born backs have burst into the 41-man touring squad from vastly different backgrounds. Payne was a highly respected ...

Warren Gatland deflects questions of perceived Welsh bias - Irish Times

In Johnny Sexton, Owen Farrell and Dan Biggar, aside from all their kicking, passing, running and tackling qualities, the Lions coaches have picked three uber competitive, narky figures who will all strive to be the first-choice out-halves come the ...

Lions: Former England captain can feel Hartley's pain - New Zealand Herald

England's Dylan Hartley reacts during a test against the All Blacks. He's been left out of the Lions tour squad to NZ. Photo / AP. As a previous England captain overlooked by the British and Irish Lions, Steve Borthwick can feel Dylan Hartley's pain ...

Choir practice will help British and Irish Lions prepare for tour of New Zealand - Peeblesshire News

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will have his players watching films and taking part in choir practice to prepare them culturally for this summer's tour to New Zealand. The 41-man Lions squad, captained by Sam Warburton, was announced ...

BT Sport's map of Ireland was missing quite a lot of counties… - Irish Examiner

The IRFU took to Twitter to call out BT Sport for a geographical error on their Lions graphics today, writes Stephen Barry. The broadcaster was crunching the numbers on the country-by-country breakdown of Lions call-ups, but managed to get their maps ...

Sam Warburton leads Lions squad - Radio Sport

Sam Warburton is captaining the Lions side to face the All Blacks in June (Getty Images). Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on their 10-match tour of New Zealand, leading a 41-man squad that contains only two Scottish players and ...

Watch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-up - BBC Sport

Jack Nowell celebrates with his Exeter Chiefs team-mates after discovering he had been selected in the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand. The England wing told BBC Spotlight: "I found out the news at midday when it was ...

Lions need everything to go right, and then some luck - The Star Online

LONDON (Reuters) - When coach Warren Gatland said on Wednesday that the British and Irish Lions face the toughest task in rugby when they play New Zealand this year, he was not exaggerating. The Lions, in their various guises, have travelled on 11 ...

Selfless Warburton ready for his toughest task - Daily Mail

LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) - Sam Warburton was in a supermarket car park, waiting for his wife to bring back the bread and milk, when British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland called to ask how he would feel about captaining the side again. If ...

Warren Gatland: Garry Ringrose and Donnacha Ryan unlucky to miss out on Lions squad - Laois Nationalist

Lions head coach Warren Gatland believes Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton can handle being targeted on the tourists' tough 10-game tour to New Zealand this summer, writes Simon Lewis. Gatland named Sexton as one of three out-halves alongside Wales's ...

British and Irish Lions 2017: Guide to players heading to New Zealand - BBC Sport

Coverage: Live radio and text commentary across BBC Radio, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand this summer. Full-backs. This content will not work on your device, please ...

Lions: the key issues for Warren Gatland and his squad in New Zealand - The Guardian

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, left, with his captain Sam Warburton, centre, and tour manager John Spencer at Wednesday's announcement. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA. British & Irish Lions ...

More woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announced - Daily Mail

Another hotly anticipated squad announcement for the British and Irish Lions threw up familiar tales of woe for England captain Dylan Hartley and Scottish rugby on Wednesday. England supplied 16 players to an enlarged 41-man party for the toughest ...

Lions captaincy was best news since sliced bread for Warburton - News & Star

Reappointed British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has revealed he was waiting for his wife to finish her shopping when he received the call from head coach Warren Gatland. The 28-year-old Cardiff flanker will lead the Lions in New Zealand this ...

Lack of influence cost Scotland players in Lions selection – Gordon Bulloch - Maldon and Burnham Standard

Former Scotland and Lions hooker Gordon Bulloch felt his countrymen's sparse representation in Warren Gatland's squad was somewhat predictable given the lack of influence among selectors. Only Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour have made the British ...

Warburton leads Lions on toughest mission - SBS

LONDON (Reuters) - Sam Warburton was named captain of the British and Irish Lions for the second time on Wednesday as coach Warren Gatland unveiled a bumper 41-man squad for the 10-match tour of New Zealand that he described as the biggest ...

Lions 2017: Twitter reacts to Gatland's selection - AOL UK

Warren Gatland courted controversy when he named his 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand. There were several notable absentees from the sizeable selection, while those who made the cut were evidently delighted. Here, we ...

Wasps stunned as England lock Joe Launchbury misses out on Lions squad - Braintree and Witham Times

Wasps have said they are “gobsmacked” after lock Joe Launchbury was a surprise omission from the British and Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand. Head coach Warren Gatland selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures which include a ...

Brian O'Driscoll tips young Irish Lion to fill the number 13 jersey on tour to New Zealand - Irish Mirror

The former Lions captain has tipped an Irishman to fill the jersey he has worn on four separate tours. Share; Comments. ByCathal Austin. 16:25, 19 APR 2017. Sport. Brian O'Driscoll after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Share; Comments. Get daily ...

In video: British and Irish Lions touring squad is revealed - The Bolton News

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland selected a 41-man squad for the 10 fixtures which include a three-Test series against New Zealand this summer. Find out which players made the cut here: 0 comments ...