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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sam Warburton leads Lions in opening game against Provincial Barbarians - SkySports;

Sam Warburton leads Lions in opening game against Provincial Barbarians - SkySports

SkySportsSam Warburton leads Lions in opening game against Provincial BarbariansSkySportsSam Warburton will lead the British and Irish Lions in their opening tour match against a Provincial Barbarians XV on Saturday, live on Sky Sports. The Lions captain is fit to hit the ground running as part of an all-Welsh back row after two months out ...and more »

Lions name team for tour-opening match - SBS

Lions name team for tour-opening matchSBSFormer NRL star Ben Te'o is in the British and Irish Lions starting team to be led by Sam Warburton for the opening match of their New Zealand tour. Source: AAP. 1 Jun 2017 - 5:34 AM UPDATED 34 MINS AGO ...and more »

Lions tour: Lions name side to play New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei - Newshub

Lions tour: Lions name side to play New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in WhangareiNewshubWelsh flanker Sam Warburton will lead the Lions side to take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in their tour opener in Whangarei on Saturday night. Former Northland back Jared Payne has been named to the the bench, while New Zealand-born ...and more »

Lions on song ahead of 'cracking' All Blacks Tests - Gulf Times;

Lions on song ahead of 'cracking' All Blacks Tests - Gulf Times

Gulf TimesLions on song ahead of 'cracking' All Blacks TestsGulf TimesBritish and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton (left) accepts the challenge and picks up the dart as he and the rest of the squad receive a traditional Maori welcome upon their arrival at the airport in Auckland yesterday. (AFP). Text Size: A A A. AFP ...and more »

New Zealand-born Ben Te'o handed Lions debut against Provincial Barbarians - TVNZ

New Zealand-born Ben Te'o handed Lions debut against Provincial BarbariansTVNZBritish and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named his a strong side for his side's tour opener against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on Saturday. Play Video. Play. Mute. Current Time 0:00. /. Duration Time 0:00. Loaded: 0%. 0:00.and more »

Gerry Thornley: Gatland's selection is aiming to lay down marker - Irish Times;

Gerry Thornley: Gatland's selection is aiming to lay down marker - Irish Times

Irish TimesGerry Thornley: Gatland's selection is aiming to lay down markerIrish TimesWarren Gatland's opening Lions selection of the 2015 tour for Saturday's meeting with the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians ticks a significant number of boxes, notably the presence of three national captains in a blend of experience and fresher faced ...and more »

Captain Sam Warburton starts in British and Irish Lions tour opener against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - WalesOnline;

Captain Sam Warburton starts in British and Irish Lions tour opener against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - WalesOnline

WalesOnlineCaptain Sam Warburton starts in British and Irish Lions tour opener against New Zealand Provincial BarbariansWalesOnlineSam Warburton will lead the Lions into battle against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians during Saturday's tour opener in Whangarei. The Wales flanker and winning 2013 Lions skipper hasn't played since injuring a knee on April 7 but has been passed fit ...and more »

Lions Tour: Sam Warburton to captain the Lions in tour opener - Stuff.co.nz;

Lions Tour: Sam Warburton to captain the Lions in tour opener - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzLions Tour: Sam Warburton to captain the Lions in tour openerStuff.co.nzNZ-born Ben Te'o has been given the nod to start at centre against the Barbarians in Whangarei. Sam Warburton has got his wish to be unleashed in the opening tour match, and will captain the British and Irish Lions against the Provincial Barbarians on ...and more »

British and Irish Lions 2017: Sam Warburton leads squad against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - The Independent;

British and Irish Lions 2017: Sam Warburton leads squad against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians - The Independent

The IndependentBritish and Irish Lions 2017: Sam Warburton leads squad against New Zealand Provincial BarbariansThe IndependentSam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their opening warm-up match of the 2017 tour of New Zealand in what will be his first appearance in nearly two months as he bids to prove he is fully fit to lead Warren Gatland's squad. The ...and more »