British and Irish Lions

british & irish lions crestThe British and Irish Lions are a rugby team composed of international players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who tour against Southern Hemisphere sides primarily of South African, Australian and New Zealand opposition, though Lions have also toured against Canada, Fiji.

While the ‘British Lions’ moniker was only formally adopted on the 1950 tour of Australia and New Zealand, the name had been used by journalists since the 1924 tour of South Africa, and combined representative teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales first toured in 1888. The British and Irish Lions originally played in a predominantly blue strip, but changed to a red and white strip for the 1950 tour of New Zealand. Irish forward Willie remains the British and Irish Lions’ most-capped player, making 17 Test appearances.

The British and Irish Lions’ most recent tour was of Australia in 2013. The Lions played three Tests against the Wallabies, as well as a number of tour matches. They took on the Barbarians in Hong Kong, each of the five Australian Super Rugby franchises and a ‘combined country’ outfit.

The Lions had a very successful tour, winning the Test series against Australia 2-1, clinching it in the third match at ANZ Stadium in Sydney with a 41-16 victory while only dropping a single tour match against the Brumbies.

The 41-16 victory followed a winning 23-21 start at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, before they lost 16-15 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

Israel Folau of the Wallabies goes up against George North of the Lions.

Following a highly successful 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign as coach Wales, Warren Gatland coached the side on their 2013 tour and will continue in the roll for their 2017 tour of New Zealand.

The 2017 tour of New Zealand included a three-match Test series against the All Blacks, with the games played on June 24 in Auckland, July 1 in Wellington and July 8 back in Auckland. The Lions, as they did in 2013 played seven tour games, including one against each of the New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.

The Lions drew the Test series 1-1. After the sides split the first two games, the third ended in a 15-all draw.

The last time the British and Irish Lions toured New Zealand was in 2005, with the Kiwis cruising to a 3-0 series victory against a hapless Lions outfit.

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Last updated: 18 July, 2017

British and Irish Lions Articles

Lions rock New Zealand

Lions rock New Zealand

by , 13 Jul 2017

It was an epic tour. Faith No More, almost epic. Emotions were high with so much at stake in a 12-year event.

Lions series reflections: The day of the Faz

Lions series reflections: The day of the Faz

by , 12 Jul 2017 Popular article!

At the Allianz stadium in North London, home of European champion club Saracens, the core of the faithful have a unique way of assisting attempts on goal by their own kickers.

All Blacks and Lions play out an epic, creating a drawn series for the ages

All Blacks and Lions play out an epic, creating a drawn series for the ages

by , 10 Jul 2017 Popular article! Video

The New Zealand All Blacks (15) and British and Irish Lions (15) played out a magnificent drawn Test at Eden Park to conclude one of the great rugby series.

The Wrap: Lions draw series, is rugby’s power shift north on?

The Wrap: Lions draw series, is rugby’s power shift north on?

by , 10 Jul 2017 Popular article! Video

Anyone who follows rugby knows that commercial power in the game is held in the northern hemisphere and that, historically, the on-field strength resides in the south.

With the series now done and dusted, it’s clear the Lions were underestimated

With the series now done and dusted, it’s clear the Lions were underestimated

by , 10 Jul 2017

A few months ago I dared to suggest that the Lions may win the series against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

The High Five: All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions, third Test

The High Five: All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions, third Test

by , 9 Jul 2017 Popular article!

The British and Lions have drawn the curtain on their 2017 New Zealand tour, drawing the third Test match against New Zealand in a tense and enthralling affair in front of over 48,000 fans at Eden Park in Auckland, the match ending in a 15-all draw.

Referee ‘overthought’ late All Blacks call

Referee ‘overthought’ late All Blacks call

by , 9 Jul 2017 Video

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen believes referee Romain Poite overthought his controversial late call to revoke a kickable penalty in their third-Test draw with the British and Irish Lions.

A combined starting XV from the All Blacks vs Lions series

A combined starting XV from the All Blacks vs Lions series

by , 9 Jul 2017

The series was drawn, but who would make a combined a starting XV based on form across the three Tests?

Hansen: Extra time not the answer

Hansen: Extra time not the answer

by , 9 Jul 2017

Steve Hansen thinks a draw is a bit like kissing your sister, yet the All Blacks coach says extra-time is not the answer after his side’s British and Irish Lions Test series decider ended with honours even.

WATCH: Highlights from All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions Third Test

WATCH: Highlights from All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions Third Test

by , 9 Jul 2017 Video

Nothing could separate the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions in the end, as the two sides drew the third Test – and as a result, the series – on Saturday at Eden Park.


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