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

The Wrap: Lions and Wallabies prove to be slow learners

The Wrap: Lions and Wallabies prove to be slow learners

by , 26 Jun 2017

As if Australian rugby fans didn’t need reminding, the All Blacks and Lions demonstrated how healthy the game is in other parts of the world, opening their eagerly awaited series with a thoroughly enjoyable contest of high quality, convincingly won by the home side 30-15.

After the All Blacks’ win, where to now for the Lions?

After the All Blacks’ win, where to now for the Lions?

by , 26 Jun 2017

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten the British and Irish Lions, 30-15, in the first Test of the 2017 series. Although the Lions managed to score one of the great tries, they still went down to a superior New Zealand side.

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

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

by , 25 Jun 2017 Popular article!

The All Blacks have drawn first blood against the British and Irish Lions overcoming their rivals by 30 points to 15 in an intense, fast and bruising encounter at Eden Park in Auckland in front of over 41,000 fans.

Lions’ tactics likely to change: Hansen

Lions’ tactics likely to change: Hansen

by , 25 Jun 2017

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has tipped the British and Irish Lions to mix up their defensive strategy for Saturday’s second Test in Wellington, having been flummoxed by his side’s tactics in the series opener.

Dominated and destroyed: Is there any hope for the British Lions?

Dominated and destroyed: Is there any hope for the British Lions?

by , 25 Jun 2017

After seeing the All Blacks sweep all before them over the last few years, I was eagerly anticipating the series against the British and Irish Lions.

Highlights: Lions tamed! All Blacks take first blood in Test series

Highlights: Lions tamed! All Blacks take first blood in Test series

by , 24 Jun 2017 Popular article! Video

The All Blacks are just one win away from denying the British and Irish Lions another Test series triumph in New Zealand, downing them 30-15 in an absorbing opening Test at Eden Park.

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

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

by , 24 Jun 2017 Video

New Zealand’s All Blacks have taken the first step towards winning their Test series against the British and Irish Lions with a 30-15 victory on Saturday night at Eden Park.

All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International rugby scores, blog

All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International rugby scores, blog

by , 24 Jun 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result: The All Blacks are just one win away from denying the British and Irish Lions another Test series triumph in New Zealand, downing them 30-15 in an absorbing opening Test at Eden Park.

All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions live stream: How to watch the first Test online or on TV

All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions live stream: How to watch the first Test online or on TV

by , 24 Jun 2017 Popular article!

The trial matches, the practice, the talk. The time for all of that is done with the first Test between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions set to be played at Eden Park in Auckland. This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to watching and streaming the match.

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 Popular article!

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.


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