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# fox
Lions players' player of the tour Davies caps off terrific season
Six weeks on from lifting the Pro12 title, the Welsh centre has been voted Player of the Tour by his fellow Lions.
# regression to the mean
After 62 years, we were probably due a tied Lions series
Here’s a very brief history of Lions Test draws after this morning gave us just the second ever shared series.
# everyone's a winner
Player ratings after the Lions take draw from epic series against the All Blacks
The 2005 shambles can be laid to rest now.
# Reaction
Gatty the undefeated Lions coach and more talking points after a gripping deciding Lions Test
A draw left nobody except the people behind the Lions happy.
# Special K
Centurion Kieran Read still loves living the dream as pressure ramps up for All Black captain
Nine years since he made his All Black debut and took on Munster in Thomond Park, Read is the calm voice guiding New Zealand into a pressure-filled third Test.
# bury the hatchet
'I don’t think he intentionally led with his shoulder': Apology accepted and Watson moving on from hard SBW hit
Hard, but not the hardest hit the 23-year-old has suffered.
# weight of history
Poll: Can the Lions beat the All Blacks again in tomorrow's series decider?
Will the Irish contingent in Gatty’s side be celebrating tomorrow morning?
# Reaction
50-year wait for All Black red card is over and more talking points as the Lions level up
A wet night in Wellington turned into one of the great days for the Lions.
# nz reaction
'The tackle of a man who still hasn't got the violent stupidity of rugby league out of his system'
The Kiwi media have the knives out for SBW and rugby league after their first red card since 1967.
# out of 10
Player ratings as the Lions secure historic Wellington win over All Blacks
The Tullow Tank, Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton played a big part in levelling up the series.
# all-weather
All Blacks skipper ready to adapt to whatever the Lions and Wellington have in store
‘Mate, if it turns out it’s different then we have to adapt on the run out there on the field.’
# DC Comics
15 thoughts after re-watching that glorious All Blacks 2nd Test win over the Lions in '05
New Zealand turned the word into flesh and young Daniel Carter became Dan The Man.
# ground work
Possession imperative for Sean O'Brien as he faces into another breakdown battle with All Blacks
Having the ball will be the first step to keeping on the right side of Jerome Garces on Saturday.
# Talking Points
End of the tour pain for Henshaw (and many non-injured players) with only defining Tests to go
The Athlone man’s shoulder injury did not look good, but if he is indeed unable to play any more part on this tour, he won’t be alone on the outskirts of the squad.
# On your marks!
The player ratings as the Lions are held to a draw by Hurricanes
Iain Henderson stood out for the tourists, but his yellow card signaled the start of a brilliant ‘Canes comeback.
# work ons
'Direct' NZ deserved the win, says Gatland as he promises breakdown improvement for second Test
The Kiwi says there are easy fixes after today’s 15-point loss.
# Reaction
Thrilling skills, the Rieko case and more talking points as the All Blacks maul Lions
The only worry for New Zealand was that Ben Smith suffered his third concussion of the season.
'We were barely finished the Junior Cert and Pete had us in on our summer holidays doing line-outs'
Peter O’Mahony’s Lions captaincy might have come as a surprise, but he’s been building towards Saturday since he was a child.
# fire with fire
'We've played some lovely rugby': Lions will show positive, aggressive streak in attack, says Gatland
‘We’re not going to be talked into playing Barbarian-type rugby when we’ve got certain weapons we can use to our advantage.’
# Opinion
Gatland keeps the shirt value steady and more talking points as the Lions get a midweek win
Where possible, the head coach opted against playing his late call-ups. But is that the message of unity he wants to project in and out of his squad.
# On your marks!
Sparkling outside backs and more player ratings as the Lions churn through Chiefs
Liam Williams and Elliott Daly put their last audition to good use in Hamilton.
# test run
Maori misfire and more talking points as the Lions roar before All Black Tests
It was a rough night in Rotorua for the Kiwi side.
# out of 10
Set-piece and Seanie to the fore: Player ratings as the Lions hammer NZ Maori
Who do you think played their way in (or out) of the Test team today?
# hug it out
'A bit of a cuddle' just the trick to put Sexton back on top form, says Sean O'Brien
The Tullow Tank also rubbished the notion that there is an ‘aura’ of invincibility to the World Champion All Blacks.
# samoa for starters
SBW starts, Jordie Barrett set for debut as All Blacks warm up for Lions
There could be three Barrett boys on the field as Beauden wins his 50th cap and Scott provides second row cover from the bench.
# Reaction
Lions finally show their claws and more talking points after a gripping clash with Crusaders
A week on from an embarrassing win in Whangarei, Christchurch must feel like the real start of the tour for Warren Gatland’s men.
# out of 10
Tullow Tank in high gear! Player ratings as the Lions take down Crusaders
What did you make of Gatty’s boys this morning?
# Player Welfare
Lions tour not alone in punishing tired players in flawed rugby season
Tournament organisers have struggled to deliver a coherent-looking season that comes close to suiting all parties.
# big game hunt
A monster 83rd minute drop-goal gave Crusaders a dramatic win over the Highlanders this morning
Between this and the magic on show from the Chiefs, it was a very worrying day for the Lions.
# False start
It can't all be jet-lag and more talking points after the Lions' narrow win over Provincial Barbarians
Gatty’s boys left a LOT of room for improvement.
# Off the Mark
How we rated the Lions in their horribly stuttering start to the tour
The NZ Provincial Barbarians pushed the tourists all the way in Whangarei.
# setting his stall
New Connacht boss Keane to fly in after Chiefs tackle Lions
The province are keen to avoid a repeat of the inactive pre-season that scuppered their campaign as defending champs.
# prop art
'At the breakdown he's like a back row': The Bull Hayes hoping to see Furlong shine through Lions tour
The Munster legend has seen both sides of the Lions tour with his experiences in 2005 and 2009.
# lock star
Sam Whitelock in barnstorming mood as Crusaders win 9-try shoot-out against Rebels
Meanwhile, Lima Sopoaga is back from injury with a bang.
# Due South
‘All the Lions have been watching Super Rugby with one eye’
Andy Farrell has taken plenty of encouragement from seeing Kiwi teams cancel each other out this season.
# heating up
'The intensity has been through the roof' with fast-learning Lions - Andy Farrell
Coach and players alike were keen to stress the gradual progress they intend to make throughout the tour.
# warren g
'If any player wants to call us, we’re happy to take that call': Gatland brushes off Brown's discontent
The Kiwi also stressed the need for the Lions to be aware of cultural differences as they tour his homeland.
# niggle
'The higher the physicality, the better for me': Henshaw unfazed by last All Black clash
After starring in the Chicago victory, Robbie Henshaw did not last long when New Zealand came to Dublin.
# inside man
Warren Gatland's son named in NZ Barbarians squad to face his father's Lions
21-year-old Bryn is part of a core group of 19 provincial players for the tour opener.
# incumbent captain
Leading Lion Sam Warburton sidelined for six weeks before tour to NZ
The tour kicks off in Whangarei in just under nine weeks’ time.