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Series draw may have saved Lions says legend McBride

Willie John McBride believes the British and Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year’s side in New Zealand.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton arrives back with the trophy at Heathrow Airport following the series draw with New Zealand. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Sam Warburton says All Blacks are still best in the world

Sam Warburton reflected on a successful British and Irish Lions tour upon the squad’s return home, but still acclaimed New Zealand as the world’s finest team.

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British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler. Picture: AFP/Getty

Kyle Sinckler apologises after arrest on Lions tour

British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has apologised for “any inconvenience caused” after he was arrested during a night out in Auckland at the weekend.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland was initially positive  about playing a 'fourth Test'. Picture: PA.

England scupper Barbarians’ bid for fourth All Blacks ‘Test’

England have ruled out the possibility of releasing players for the Barbarians’ fixture against New Zealand on 4 November.

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Maro Itoje, one of the stars of the Lions' tour.

How the British and Irish Lions rated in New Zealand

Marks out of 10 for every member of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton smiles in the aftermath of Saturday's draw in Auckland. PICTURE: Getty

John Spencer: Extra week and Lions would have won it

John Spencer has insisted the British and Irish Lions would have won their Test series in New Zealand with just one more week’s preparation.

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Paul Burnell sings the national anthem ahead of Scotlands 14-3 defeat by France in Paris in 1993. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Paul Burnell – fierce Scottish patriot of the Lions

There aren’t many Scots, either in football or rugby, who have played in three World Cups. While Edinburgh-born Paul Burnell spent just the first three of his 51 years living in the country he represented with such distinction, there was no fiercer patriot on a rugby pitch.

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Sean Maitland predicts a public backlash if the All Blacks lose. Picture: Getty.

Immortality awais the Lions says Sean Maitland

Sean Maitland has urged the British and Irish Lions to join rugby’s immortals by inflicting a defeat on 
the All Blacks that will 
send New Zealand into mourning.

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Lions No 10 Jonny Sexton keeps his eye on the ball during a kickers session. Picture: PA.

Calm before storm as Lions eye glory against All Blacks

The All Blacks and British and Irish Lions enjoyed a moment of calm yesterday as they put in place the final elements of their preparation for today’s third Test at Auckland’s Eden Park which will decide the three-match series.

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Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Disconnect between Lions and Scotland is at breaking point

The only other time Scots played no part in a British and Irish Lions Test series came in 1908 when the squad was made up entirely of English and Welsh players as the Scottish and Irish unions did not participate.

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Jordie Barrett, the 20-year-old brother of All Blacks stand-off Beauden Barrett, will start at full-back against the British and Irish Lions. Picture: David Davies/PA

New Zealand hand Jordie Barrett first Test start

Jordie Barrett will make his first New Zealand start in 
Saturday’s Test series decider against the British and Irish Lions.

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Liam Williams has been backed by British and Irish Lions bosses to shake off a leg problem in time for Saturday's Test decider with New Zealand. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Lions name team for decisive third Test with All Blacks

Liam Williams has shaken off a leg concern to allow the British and Irish Lions to name an unchanged team for Saturday’s Test series decider against New Zealand.

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Jared Payne  has been stood down due to migraine symptoms. Picture: Getty.

Jared Payne stood down from Lions training following migraines

Jared Payne faces an uncertain recovery period after being stood down due to suffering from migraines.

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Alun Wyn Jones runs at New Zealand second row forward Sam Whitelock during Saturday's second Test in Wellington. Picture: Mark Baker/AP

Lions’ Alun Wyn Jones praised for his power of recovery

Graham Rowntree has hailed lock Alun Wyn Jones for reasserting his credentials as an auxiliary back-row forward for the British and Irish Lions.

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Sonny Bill Williams speaks to the media after his judicial hearing. Picture: AFP/Getty

Sonny Bill Williams banned as New Zealand pay for red mist

The British and Irish Lions were given a double dose of good news yesterday as the squad decamped to the Southern Alps tourist hot-spot of Queenstown for a few days’ rest and recuperation ahead of Saturday’s deciding Test against New Zealand. Firstly, they learned that the All Blacks will be without star centre Sonny Bill Williams for the Eden Park showdown, and then they discovered that Sean O’Brien, the tourists’ Irish flanker, has been given the green light to play.

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Conor Murray dives over for the Lions' second try. New Zealand failed to cross the line at all. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Conor Murray: All Blacks will be hurting and out for revenge

Conor Murray has no doubt that world champions New Zealand will be “hurting” heading into Saturday’s Test series decider against the British and Irish Lions.

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Sean O'Brien helped the Lions defeat the All Blacks in Wellington.  Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sean O’Brien available for Lions decider after hearing

British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien is free to play in Saturday’s Test series decider against New Zealand after a citing complaint was dismissed.

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CJ Stander, left, and Owen Farrell warm up at the start of yesterdays Captains run. Picture: Getty.

Sam Warburton swells with pride in defence of the Lions

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton knows few rugby Tests in recent times have carried as much significance as today’s second match against the All Blacks.

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Warren Gatland has named another Lions Test squad devoid of the two Scots still on tour  Tommy Seymour and Greig Laidlaw. Picture: AFP/Getty

Scott Hastings: Lions tour a year too early for Scotland rugby team

British and Irish Lions legend Scott Hastings understands the sense of frustration over the lack of Scottish representation on the current tour but believes that it has come “a year too early” for the current Scotland team.

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Warren Gatland has named his squad for the second Test. Picture: Getty

No Scots in British & Irish Lions squad for second Test

Scotland’s wait for a Lions Test start will continue after no Scots were named in Warren Gatland’s squad for Saturday’s second Test clash with the All Blacks in Wellingon.

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