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Lions' pride stung by first Test battering - The Australian

Lions' pride stung by first Test batteringThe AustralianBritish and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton says 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 »

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 »

Farrell: 'The underdog always has his day. I certainly wouldn't back against us' - The42;

Farrell: 'The underdog always has his day. I certainly wouldn't back against us' - The42

The42Farrell: 'The underdog always has his day. I certainly wouldn't back against us'The42THE ODDS ARE firmly stacked against the Lions, but the bullish Andy Farrell isn't buying into the lack of belief on the outside for a second. “The underdog has always had his day, hasn't he?” said Farrell on Friday. “When you get a squad together it's ...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 »

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 »

Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore - Daily Mail;

Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore - Daily Mail

Daily MailJohnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folkloreDaily MailJohnny Sexton believes it would be “one of the greatest Lions performances” if they secure Test series glory against world champions New Zealand. The Lions' long and illustrious history is littered with memorable victories, but they now need successive ...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 »

Johnny Sexton to tone down behaviour towards refs as he targets series leveller - Independent.ie;

Johnny Sexton to tone down behaviour towards refs as he targets series leveller - Independent.ie

Independent.ieJohnny Sexton to tone down behaviour towards refs as he targets series levellerIndependent.ieJohnny Sexton has admitted he needs to tone down his approach to referees ahead of the Lions' second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. The Ireland out-half was warned about waving his hands at the officials by Jaco Peyper during last week's first ...and more »

Lions tour: Match Day - The excitement builds in the capital - Independent Community Newspaper;

Lions tour: Match Day - The excitement builds in the capital - Independent Community Newspaper

Independent Community NewspaperLions tour: Match Day - The excitement builds in the capitalIndependent Community NewspaperFans and vans at the Barnett St car park near Te Papa on Friday night. Singing Welshman serenades a bus · Celebrating the Lions tour with 18,804 rugby ball passes. MONIQUE FORD/ FAIRFAX NZ. Warm raincoats are the order of the day, light showers are ...and more »

'We've a good relationship - apart from trying to kill each other at the Aviva!' - The42;

'We've a good relationship - apart from trying to kill each other at the Aviva!' - The42

The42'We've a good relationship - apart from trying to kill each other at the Aviva!'The42Johnny Sexton takes over at 10 for the Lions tomorrow, with his good friend Owen Farrell moving to 12. By Murray Kinsella Friday 30 Jun 2017, 10:00 PM. 8 minutes ago 6 Views No Comments. http://the42.ie/3471201. Share Tweet Email. Murray Kinsella ...and more »

Johnny Sexton aiming to make a difference as Lions seek to save series - Irish Times;

Johnny Sexton aiming to make a difference as Lions seek to save series - Irish Times

Irish TimesJohnny Sexton aiming to make a difference as Lions seek to save seriesIrish TimesNew Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 7.35pm NZ time/8.35am Sat Irish time. Live on Sky Sports 1. Four years ago when the Lions went to Australia, Johnny Sexton was the main man. He went out as the likely Lions ...and more »

Lions may be underdogs but we will have our day, says Mr Motivator, Andy Farrell - Telegraph.co.uk;

Lions may be underdogs but we will have our day, says Mr Motivator, Andy Farrell - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukLions may be underdogs but we will have our day, says Mr Motivator, Andy FarrellTelegraph.co.ukAndy Farrell could have been excused if he had shaped to put his hand in his pocket and put his cash on the table. The Lions' defence coach had just been told that the odds against a Lions victory were 5-1, a huge imbalance in prospects in a two -horse ...and more »

Lions must keep discipline but show their intent, says Johnny Sexton - The Guardian;

Lions must keep discipline but show their intent, says Johnny Sexton - The Guardian

The GuardianLions must keep discipline but show their intent, says Johnny SextonThe GuardianJohnny Sexton will start at fly-half in the second Test and believes a tough but disciplined approach can help the Lions level the series. Photograph: Huw Evans/REX/Shutterstock. Lions tour 2017 ...and more »

Lions tour: Former All Black Nick Evans believes the Sexton-Farrell axis is brave, not desperate - Stuff.co.nz;

Lions tour: Former All Black Nick Evans believes the Sexton-Farrell axis is brave, not desperate - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzLions tour: Former All Black Nick Evans believes the Sexton-Farrell axis is brave, not desperateStuff.co.nzRugby writers Mark Reason, Mark Geenty and Hamish Bidwell explore the main talking points of Saturday's second test between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions. Brave, not desperate. That's how former All Black first-five Nick Evans sees Warren ...and more »

Watch Sky Sports News' Lions Special - SkySports;

Watch Sky Sports News' Lions Special - SkySports

SkySportsWatch Sky Sports News' Lions SpecialSkySportsWatch the Sky Sports News HQ Lions Special here from 9pm tonight to preview the second Test. The Lions were beaten 30-15 in the first Test, and need a victory at Westpac Stadium to ensure the series goes into a decider at Eden Park on July 8. Can ...and more »

Titanic tactical battle looms in Wellington - Radio Sport;

Titanic tactical battle looms in Wellington - Radio Sport

Radio SportTitanic tactical battle looms in WellingtonRadio SportCoaching contemporaries Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland have been the grandmasters this week, talking openly about how to outwit the other in the second All Blacks-British and Irish Lions Test in Wellington. At the heart of the mind games has been ...and more »

Now or never for Lions against All Blacks - Namibian;

Now or never for Lions against All Blacks - Namibian

NamibianNow or never for Lions against All BlacksNamibianWELLINGTON - The British and Irish Lions go into Saturday's all-or-nothing second Test against New Zealand knowing they must win the tactical battle as well as the physical clashes to upset the world champions and keep the series alive. Already one ...and more »

Lions tour: Kevin Norquay: Where will All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hide his poison? - Stuff.co.nz;

Lions tour: Kevin Norquay: Where will All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hide his poison? - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzLions tour: Kevin Norquay: Where will All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hide his poison?Stuff.co.nzRugby writers Mark Reason, Mark Geenty and Hamish Bidwell explore the main talking points of Saturday's second test between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions. OPINION: For the crucial rugby test at Westpac Stadium try to imagine Steve Hansen ...and more »