# British and Irish Lions

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# Support
Andy Farrell gets Warren Gatland’s backing for British and Irish Lions role
Farrell has guided Ireland to number one in the world.
All time
# One Step Closer
Anthony Eddy and Niamh Briggs to take part in Women's Lions feasibility study
The group will be chaired by former British & Irish Lion Ieuan Evans.
# player safety
Lions icons call for rugby chiefs to take action before player dies 'during a game in front of TV cameras'
In an open letter to World Rugby it is claimed the professional game ‘has become unnecessarily dangerous’.
# unmute
Join BJ Botha, Bernard Jackman and The42 for a special Lions preview event
We’ll be sharing screens and talking scrums.
South Africa v British and Irish Lions, First Test
The British and Irish Lions defeated South Africa in the first Test of the series today.
# Mind Games
Springboks defend style of play - and the appointment of a South African as TMO
South African coach has also justified their decision to pick seven players who tested positive for Covid in the last month.
British and Irish Lions storm past the Stormers
The Lions were way too strong for the Stormers in their final warm-up game before the Test series begins.
# ignored
Andy Farrell: 'I don't know what more Johnny Sexton could have done'
Ireland coach was left shocked when the Lions called up international rookie Marcus Smith ahead of Sexton over the weekend.
# erasmus programme
The Erasmus year at Munster: 'He was the most ruthless coach I ever met'
Dealing with Covid-related issues is testing the resolve of Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber this summer – yet they came through bigger tests in their year at Thomond Park.
British and Irish Lions beat Sigma Lions easily
Josh Adams scores four tries as the British and Irish Lions win easily at Ellis Park.
# lionheart
Sean O'Brien: 'My opinion hasn't changed, we could have won the '17 series 3-0'
The Irish Lion lifts the lid on how his extraordinary self-belief helped him reach great heights in his career.
# Jersey Boy
Kelleher hopes Jersey experience will help him fit into Ireland jersey
Ronan Kelleher has a chance to nail down the No2 shirt with Ireland after impressing on the Lions’ training camp.
'The narrative in 1995 was that it was the victory that united a did no such thing'
Tom English is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and he discusses the dysfunction that engulfed South African rugby shortly after winning the World Cup in 1995.
# The42 Reads
Robbie Henshaw: the transformation from shy child into roaring Lion
In an exclusive interview with The42, Robbie Henshaw tells Garry Doyle how this season has been the best of his career.
# Audition Time
Furlong and Henshaw are nailed on Test starters - rest of Irish have to prove themselves
Today’s game provides an opportunity for outsiders like Bundee Aki and Jack Conan to sneak into the Test reckoning.
# Conor Murray
Conor Murray: 'I'm really proud of myself to have made it to this stage'
Conor Murray is set to become just the 34th player in the history of the Lions to embark on a third overseas tour.
# Fire Pit Accident
De Allende and Snyman cleared to link up with Springboks squad after burns review
Munster pair were injured in a fire pit accident earlier this month.
# boks office
Erasmus: 'A Lions match is almost like a World Cup final'
The test series begins on 24 July between the world champion Springboks and the British and Irish Lions.
# brave blossoms
Joseph calls up Japan World Cup heroes for 'huge' Lions and Ireland games
Ex-Munster wing Gerhard van den Heever will be a familiar face.
# Welcome back
16,500 fans to be allowed for Lions opener against Japan in Murrayfield
Plans for a partial capacity crowd with social distancing agreed by Scottish government.
# Update
Revised Lions tour schedule announced with all games to be staged without fans
All games will be staged in Gauteng or Cape Town and there is one change in opposition.
# On the box
Lions' meeting with Japan to be shown live on free-to-air television
Channel 4 are showing the game from Murrayfield, and will have highlights from the rest of the tour.
# heading on tour
'It’s due recognition for a man who has made a lot of sacrifices' - Connacht coach hails Aki's Lions inclusion
It’s 38 years since Connacht last had a representative in the Lions squad.
# Johnny Sexton
Eight Irishmen named in Lions squad as Sexton and Ryan miss out
Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jack Conan, Andrew Porter and Iain Henderson make the plane.
# Anxious wait
'I just hope that the players who have high hopes of making the team make it onto the tour'
Jared Payne is hopeful some of his Ulster players will follow in his footsteps and tour with the Lions.
# serious injury
Joe Launchbury out of Lions tour after rupturing knee ligaments
The Wasps captain faces surgery after being hurt in Premiership game against Bath.
# Celtic League
'The whole Pro14 Rainbow Cup has turned into a mishmash competition'
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton thinks the Pro14 is making too many changes.
# takes one to know one
Paul O'Connell says Owen Farrell is 'real standout' to lead Lions in South Africa
The Ireland forwards coach was at the helm for the Lions’ last series against the Springboks in 2009.
# cult hero
'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'
Shane Byrne won 41 caps for Ireland, played four tests for the British and Irish Lions and is fondly remembered as one of the best hookers of his era. Yet his career is touched with sadness and regret.
# mane attraction
Australia offers to host Lions' South Africa tour
Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos said it was in a position to offer a ‘safe haven’.
# Rescue Package
Australia have offered to host Lions tour if agreement can be secured
The London Times are reporting that Rugby Australia have stepped in with an offer to save the series.
# cult hero
'Gatty gave us fake tan to make us look tough - we were like 6'6" Oompa-Loompas'
Paul Wallace lit up the 1997 Lions tour but also thrived for both Munster and Leinster in Irish rugby’s bitterest rivalry.
# Not happy
England players could miss out on Lions selection if not released for Japan warm-up Test - Gatland
The Lions head coach has urged Premiership Rugby to remove its block on players.
# mane attraction
Lions managing director hopes fans will be able to attend 2021 South Africa tour
The Lions’ eight-match trip is planned to begin on 3 July.
# brave blossoms
Gatland's Lions to face Japan before departing on South Africa tour
The game is set to be played at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in June 2021.
# Opportunity
Rob Howley handed chance to rebuild coaching career with Canada
It is his first role since serving a ban for betting on rugby matches.
# Warren Gatland
Gatland hints South Africa tour will be his Lions swansong
Coach wants to continue his impressive record in South Africa and then provide ‘an opportunity for someone else to take the mantle’.
# Election Race
Pichot wants to bring Lions tours to North and South America if elected
Agustin Pichot would push for the British and Irish Lions to tour on ‘worldwide scale’ if elected to World Rugby post.
# pain
'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'
In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.
# not this time
Gatland: I turned down All Blacks job to honour commitment to Chiefs and Lions
The former Wales coach says he would consider the position if it came up again in the future.