British & Irish Lions

Interview: Rodger Arneil on touring with Lions and Scotland

Rodger Arneil, the redoubtable Scotland back-row and British Lion, lives in the Cotswolds village of Adlestrop, a pimple of a place celebrated in wistful verse by Edward Thomas before the poet got himself killed in the Great War – but the village lacks a high-grade gastro-pub, which the Chipping Norton Set who have country retreats nearby must find dashed awkward.

Lions full-back Liam Williams holds on to the ball during a training session at Eden Park. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Risk can bring reward for British & Irish Lions in Auckland

There have been 480 minutes of rugby played on the British and Irish Lions tour so far, which pales in comparison to the countless broadcast hours and oceans of newsprint expended upon speculation about what might unfold in Auckland this morning.

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All Blacks Brodie Retallick, left, Beauden Barrett during a training session in Auckland ahead of the first of Test at Eden Park. Picture: Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald via AP

First Lions Test offers clash of sporting philosophies

The phoney war is over, the real stuff starts tomorrow. All the talking and, yes, all the writing is irrelevant after that whistle blows and the two teams adopt their game faces.

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

Warren Gatland names Scot-free Lions line-up for first Test

Scotland’s wait for a Lions Test start has stretched to ten games after no Scots were named in head coach Warren Gatland’s squad for Saturday’s first clash with the All Blacks in Auckland.

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

Warren Gatland faces tough decisions as he ponders Test team

Warren Gatland has admitted the British and Irish Lions coaches will face one of their toughest ever selection meetings to finalise the men to face New Zealand.

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Scotland's Greig Laidlaw in action in the Lions' victory over Chiefs. Picture: AFP/Getty

Chiefs 6 - 34 British & Irish Lions: Timely win in Waikato

England wing Jack Nowell scored two tries as the British and Irish Lions recorded an impressive win over Waikato Chiefs in the last tour game before Saturday’s first Test in Auckland.

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Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw passes the ball in training ahead of the Lions' tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton today. Picture: Fotosport/David Gibson

Lions ignore All Blacks mind games and keep eye on the ball

The British and Irish Lions players think Steve Hansen’s mind games are “irrelevant”, according to defence coach Andy Farrell.

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Stuart Hogg arrives home from Lions tour without luggage

For Scotland and British & Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg it was a case of insult literally being added to injury when he returned from New Zealand to find his luggage had not followed him home.

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Taulupe Faletau is part of a back row praised extravagantly by Warren Gatland. Picture: New Zealand Herald via AP.

Greig Laidlaw supports Gatland’s addition of six new Lions

Greig Laidlaw has defended Warren Gatland’s decision to draft in six new players to the British and Irish Lions squad.

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Anthony Watson and Charlie Ngatai of the Maori All Blacks compete for the ball. Picture: AFP/GETTY.

Lions must add killer touch against All Blacks – Anthony Watson

Anthony Watson believes the British and Irish Lions must add a killer instinct if they are to topple New Zealand.

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Finn Russell scored 14 points in Scotlands victory over Australia, and isnt planning to make up the numbers in New Zealand. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport

Finn Russell has no intention of being a Lions makeweight

Finn Russell’s call-up to the Lions may have come late, and he is probably pencilled in only for a role in the midweek team, but as he prepared to leave Sydney for New Zealand he was adamant he has no intention of tamely sitting on the match-day bench but aims to make an impact.

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Elliot Daly once again showed that he is one of the few Lions players who could grace the New Zealand XV.  Photograph: AP

Offside All Blacks must pay the penalty against the Lions

Coming as it did just 24 hours after the All Blacks’ demolition derby against Samoa, it was impossible not to notice the contrast in rugby styles between the host nation and the tourists, who laboured to another win. The incessant rain in Rotarua did not help the Maori backs to shine and if Warren Gatland had his way his Lions would respond to Saturday’s Test match Haka with a rain dance.

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Warren Gatland said he had been surprised by Steve Hansen, who was normally pretty calm. Picture:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland senses fear of Lions and defends call-ups

Warren Gatland believes Steve Hansen will be “worried” by the British and Irish Lions ahead of the All Blacks Test series.

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Ranald Macdonald runs with the ball in hand against New Zealand.

Team talks and cocktails... the diaries of a 1950 lion

Iain Morrison is given access to Scotland stand-off Ranald Macdonald’s insightful and quirky journal from his six-month tour in Australasia

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Scotland's Finn Russell scores a try during the win over Australia.  Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Scotland’s Finn Russell and Allan Dell called up by Lions

Scotland’s Finn Russell and Allan Dell have been called into the British and Irish Lions squad ahead of the Test series with New Zealand.

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Warren Gatland looks on during the captain's run at Rotorua International Stadium where the Lions face the Maori All Blacks today. Picture: Getty

Warren Gatland has much to ponder at midpoint of Lions tour

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Warren Gatland identified today’s match against the New Zealand Maori as an important milestone on the British and Irish Lions rugby tour.

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All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett runs past Samoa's Kieron Fonotia. Picture: Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald via AP

Lions beware! All Blacks put 78 points past Samoa

New Zealand sent a daunting message to the British and Irish Lions ahead of their first Test at Eden Park next Saturday with a 78-0 victory over Samoa.

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Warren Gatland is all smiles during Lions training on Thursday. Picture: Getty

Lions to draft extra Welsh and Scottish players into squad

Warren Gatland is expected to draft as many as six extra players onto the British and Irish Lions tour next week.

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Owen Farrell scored all twelve points in the Lions' victory over Crusaders. Picture: Getty

Owen Farrell a doubt for first British & Irish Lions test

Owen Farrell faces a race against time to be fit for the British and Irish Lions’ first Test against New Zealand after suffering a quadriceps strain.

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Jonathan Davies is fit to play again. Picture: Getty

British & Irish Lions name team to face Maori All Blacks

Jonathan Davies has been passed fit after head injury trouble to start for the British and Irish Lions against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

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