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Take 45 players to New Zealand, you’re going to need all of them!

The 2017 Lions must go to New Zealand mob-handed – and only heavy hitting hard nuts need apply. That is the message from Dick Best, the assistant coach of the 1993 Lions to New Zealand, and also from Peter Winterbottom, the legendary England and Lions openside who was part of the pack that inflicted a […]

Brendan Gallagher: Payback as Lions bare their teeth in New Zealand

Only those of a certain age can fully appreciate the excitement, and sheer disbelief, as news filtered back in the summer of 1971 of the Lions’ historic triumphs in New Zealand. Scarcely audible radio reports from Down Under – no clearer than the various broadcasts from the Apollo 15 moon walkers that summer – were […]

Ireland v New Zealand preview

Johnny Sexton returns to the Ireland starling line-up to take on the All Blacks in Chicago on Saturday after missing their three test tour of South Africa in the summer. Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has named a tried-and-tested starting XV but has opted for a very inexperienced bench for the test match in Chicago. […]

Brendan Gallagher takes a look at the 1930 tour to New Zealand

In many ways the 1930 Lions tour epitomised everything we have grown to love, and occasionally curse, about the trips down under to New Zealand. The tour party was selected in mystifying fashion but the Lions nonetheless developed a dazzling back division that threatened to banish the Kiwis only to eventually be out-done by a […]

Nick Cain: Yes, I believe England can rain on New Zealand’s parade

The All Black procession is in full marching order again, with the usual array of tub-thumpers and cheerleaders proclaiming them as the undisputed masters of the rugby universe. My hunch is that if England played New Zealand this autumn there would be a serious dispute. This is mainly because Australia and Wales, the two teams […]

Let Schmidt and Johnno lead the Lions in New Zealand

England’s World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson should join forces with Ireland’s Joe Schmidt to form an inspirational British & Irish Lions coaching team in New Zealand, according to England and Lions lock Ben Kay. Johnson, 46, has not coached in mainstream rugby since England’s World Cup quarter-final exit in New Zealand five years ago. But, […]

Brendan Gallagher looks at how Wales have never yet come to terms with touring in New Zealand

Wales don’t travel to New Zealand often and when they do it’s usually calamitous but history will show that their first ever tour in 1969 was a watershed moment. Before shoehorning themselves into their economy seats and making the 54- hour flight to New Plymouth via Tehran, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney and Auckland, the Welsh […]

SBW to stay in New Zealand until 2019

Sonny Bill Williams will remain in New Zealand after the Rio Olympics after signing a new three-year deal with the NZRU taking him to the 2019 World Cup. The code-hopper, 30, is currently vying for a place in the New Zealand Sevens team to contest the Rio Olympics and will refocus on the 15-man game […]

Dan Lydiate out of New Zealand tour

Uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins has been called into the Wales squad as a replacemenet for Dan Lydiate to tour New Zealand. Lydiate captained Wales in the absence of Sam Warburton during the 27-13 defeat against England on Sunday but limped off midway through the first half with a hamstring and shoulder injury. Jenkins […]

Wales name squad for New Zealand tour

Wales have named an experienced 35-man squad to face England at Twickenham and the All Blacks in New Zealand this summer. Led by captain Sam Warburton, the squad will link up later this month and will face England on Sunday May 29th before heading to the Southern Hemisphere, for a four-match (three-Test) tour, the following […]

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