British and Irish Lions

Last updated: 19 April, 2017

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

British and Irish Lions Articles

Touring Lions to be given Waitangi welcome

Touring Lions to be given Waitangi welcome

by , 23 Apr 2017

The British and Irish Lions squad will witness a haka where Maori chiefs first signed New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.

Gatland’s Lions don’t have the cattle, won’t have the chemistry

Gatland’s Lions don’t have the cattle, won’t have the chemistry

by , 21 Apr 2017 Popular article!

Warren Gatland’s 2017 British and Irish Lions side to tour New Zealand in June has met with virtual universal approval from the often vicious British rugby media.

Strong Lions squad doesn’t have the x-factor to beat All Blacks

Strong Lions squad doesn’t have the x-factor to beat All Blacks

by , 21 Apr 2017

The big cats are out of the bag with the naming of Warren Gatland’s 41-man Lions squad to face the toughest assignment in world rugby, a fully fledged tour of All Black country.

Warburton to lead Lions, Hartley misses out

Warburton to lead Lions, Hartley misses out

by , 21 Apr 2017

Sam Warburton has been selected as the captain of the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad.

Ex-Maroons star Ben Te’o named in Lions squad

Ex-Maroons star Ben Te’o named in Lions squad

by , 19 Apr 2017

Former Queensland State of Origin forward Ben Te’o has completed a remarkable transition to rugby union by being named in the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand.

British and Irish Lions tour squad announcement: Live blog, updates and video stream

British and Irish Lions tour squad announcement: Live blog, updates and video stream

by , 19 Apr 2017

The British and Irish Lions return to New Zealand for the first time in 12 years in June, but before the tour kicks off, all eyes are on coach Warren Gatland and who he picks to make the trip. Join The Roar from 9pm (AEST) for all the live squad announcements.

2017 British and Irish Lions Tour squad announcement: Time, date, how to watch and all the other information you need to know

2017 British and Irish Lions Tour squad announcement: Time, date, how to watch and all the other information you need to know

by , 19 Apr 2017

With the next British and Irish Lions tour fast approaching, the squad is set to be named on Wednesday, April 19 at 9pm (AEST).

Dylan Hartley reportedly set to miss Lions tour

Dylan Hartley reportedly set to miss Lions tour

by , 19 Apr 2017

Six Nations champions England look set to provide more than a third of the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad – but reports suggest Dylan Hartley is a certain absentee.

Gatland’s 37 Lions and their impossible mission

Gatland’s 37 Lions and their impossible mission

by , 19 Apr 2017

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is about to name a 37-man squad charged with touring New Zealand in June and beating the All Blacks in a three-Test series. History and much more is against them.

Likely Lions skipper Sam Warburton ruled out for six weeks

Likely Lions skipper Sam Warburton ruled out for six weeks

by , 12 Apr 2017

Wales flanker Sam Warburton, one of the favourites to be captain for the British and Irish Lions’ tour to New Zealand, has been ruled out for about six weeks because of a left knee injury.


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