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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. The ultimate British and Irish Lions bolter of 2001 had made just three super-sub appearances for England and ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Best, Henderson, Sexton named in opening Lions team - RTE.ie;

Best, Henderson, Sexton named in opening Lions team - RTE.ie

RTE.ieBest, Henderson, Sexton named in opening Lions teamRTE.ieWarren Gatland has name three Irishmen in the British and Irish Lions side that will kick off the tour to New Zealand against the Provincial Barbarians on Saturday morning. Ulster pair Rory Best and Iain Henderson - making his Lions debut - start in ...and more »

North ready to make up for lost time with Lions - AOL UK;

North ready to make up for lost time with Lions - AOL UK

AOL UKNorth ready to make up for lost time with LionsAOL UKGeorge North is confident his familiarity with Warren Gatland and numerous members of the British and Irish Lions squad will help him overcome reduced preparation time for the tour of New Zealand. North arrived in Auckland with the Lions on Wednesday, ...and more »

British and Irish Lions greeted in New Zealand by traditional Maori welcoming ceremony - BBC Sport;

British and Irish Lions greeted in New Zealand by traditional Maori welcoming ceremony - BBC Sport

BBC SportBritish and Irish Lions greeted in New Zealand by traditional Maori welcoming ceremonyBBC SportCoverage: Live text commentary on every match on the BBC Sport website and mobile app. The Lions arrive. The Lions arrived at Auckland Airport on Wednesday lunchtime, with a smattering of travelling fans eager to catch a glimpse of the tourists.and more »

'Shouldergate' drama of 2005 still alive for Brits - New Zealand Herald;

'Shouldergate' drama of 2005 still alive for Brits - New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald'Shouldergate' drama of 2005 still alive for BritsNew Zealand HeraldWarren Gatland's British & Irish Lions have arrived, chasing just their second series win on New Zealand soil in the 129-year history of clashes between touring sides and New Zealand rugby's finest. As expectations grow for the three-test series — the ...and more »

Rugby: Cotter sees Laidlaw as midweek leader - New Zealand Herald

Rugby: Cotter sees Laidlaw as midweek leaderNew Zealand HeraldJune 25, 2005: the British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll, centre, stands with his teammates as they watch the All Blacks perform a haka. Photo / Mark Baker. Vern Cotter has backed Greig Laidlaw as a "powerful, motivating presence" and an ...and more »

British Lions hit back at criticism over schedule as the first game looms - Leicester Mercury;

British Lions hit back at criticism over schedule as the first game looms - Leicester Mercury

Leicester MercuryBritish Lions hit back at criticism over schedule as the first game loomsLeicester MercuryThe British & Irish Lions have defended their schedule for the three-Test tour of New Zealand after criticism from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Lions tour manager John Spencer insisted "we don't mind the schedule at all", but also reiterated that the ...and more »

Lions' Laidlaw keen to grab late chance - SBS

Lions' Laidlaw keen to grab late chanceSBSBritish and Irish Lions halfback Greig Laidlaw feels his style of rugby would be perfectly suited to playing Kiwi sides, despite his late Test call-up. Source: AAP. 1 Jun 2017 - 2:04 AM UPDATED 1 HOUR AGO ...and more »