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

The squad for the tour will be named on Wednesday, April 19 at 9pm (AEST) with Sam Warburton set to continue in the role as captain which he held in 2013. There are also reports England captain Dylan Hartley will miss the tour

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.

Click here for their upcoming matches: 2017 British and Irish Lions: full fixtures

Last updated: 19 April, 2017

British and Irish Lions Articles

Pressure on No. 10: Why Beauden Barrett’s performance may decide the Lions series

Pressure on No. 10: Why Beauden Barrett’s performance may decide the Lions series

by , 23 Jun 2017

No – it’s not a reference to the heat growing on Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. No politics here. Far more important than that, it’s the topic of the forthcoming series between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand.

Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

by , 23 Jun 2017

Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of the Test series against New Zealand, this Saturday, 24th June.

The High Five: Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions

The High Five: Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions

by , 21 Jun 2017

The Chiefs have succumbed to the British and Irish Lions in Hamilton, comfortably beaten by 34 points to 6 by their more experienced and composed opposition, with the Lions defence again proving too difficult to overcome.

The All Blacks are ready and waiting

The All Blacks are ready and waiting

by , 21 Jun 2017

Bring your dead-eyed metronomes in red tunics. Run on your slope-shouldered beasts from the sodden North.

Probable Lions squad for first All Blacks Test

Probable Lions squad for first All Blacks Test

by , 21 Jun 2017

The British and Irish Lions scored a decisive win against the Maori All Blacks, 32-10, on Saturday. And now it looks like the majority of the 23 will feature in the first Test.

Second-string Lions step up in 34-6 win over Chiefs

Second-string Lions step up in 34-6 win over Chiefs

by , 21 Jun 2017

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is tipping plenty of lively debate in Wednesday’s Test selection meeting after his supposed second-string troops outclassed the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton.

Lions will be “the series everyone thought it was going to be”: Chiefs boss

Lions will be “the series everyone thought it was going to be”: Chiefs boss

by , 21 Jun 2017

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie says the British and Irish Lions will provide three tight Tests against the All Blacks, having watched their mid-week squad suffocate his troops 34-6 in Hamilton.

Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International rugby, live scores, blog

Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International rugby, live scores, blog

by , 20 Jun 2017 Popular article! Video

It’s the Chiefs’ turn to host the British and Irish Lions, as the tour hits its sixth match. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:35pm (AEST).

Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions live stream: How to watch on TV and stream online

Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions live stream: How to watch on TV and stream online

by , 20 Jun 2017

The British and Irish Lions take on Chiefs in the sixth and final hitout before the Test series against New Zealand.

Blueprint: All Blacks vs the Lions

Blueprint: All Blacks vs the Lions

by , 20 Jun 2017

The Lions came into New Zealand without a roar and more like a cat sound.


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