# Lions

Last year
# hard earned
Ulster survive late Lions onslaught for rare win in South Africa
The two sides shared 10 tries during a thrilling clash in Johannesburg.
Former Scotland and Lions prop Tom Smith dies aged 50
The former player was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in November 2019.
All time
# the rugby show
The Rugby Show: Reaction in New Zealand to the Lions' second-ever drawn series
The 1955 tour of South Africa was the only other drawn Lions series in history.
New Zealand v The Lions, third Test
The series was on the line in Auckland. We followed all the action from Eden Park.
# Same Again
Gatland keeps the faith with Lions team selection as four Irish players to start in decisive third Test
The Lions coach sticks with the side that triumphed in Wellington.
# Analysis
The Rugby Show: How the Lions pulled off their historic win to set up a series decider
Gavan Casey is joined by Murray Kinsella on the line from Wellington to look back on this morning’s massive Test win against the All Blacks.
# main man
'We’ve a good relationship - apart from trying to kill each other at the Aviva!'
Johnny Sexton takes over at 10 for the Lions tomorrow, with his good friend Owen Farrell moving to 12.
# playmakers
Pairing up Sexton and Farrell is a bold call from Warren Gatland
The two playmakers will start alongside each other in the second Test against the All Blacks.
# make or break
Lots of outside 'noise' but Lions must now produce performance of a lifetime
Warren Gatland believes is Test team are totally focused on the task.
# Victim
'There’s been a significant campaign against me personally' - Gatland
The Lions coach has felt targeted by the New Zealand Herald.
# Geography Six
Criticism of devaluing Lions jersey fed into Gatland not using his bench
The ‘geography six’ were kept on the bench against the Hurricanes, even as a big lead got away from the tourists.
Hurricanes v The Lions
Warren Gatland’s side faced the defending Super Rugby champions in Wellington.
# Team news
Peter O'Mahony named Lions captain for the first Test
Warren Gatland has sprung a couple of surprises for the clash in Auckland.
# test time
The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they're still outsiders
The tour is back in Auckland after a whirlwind three weeks that have seen Warren Gatland’s side grow.
# Test Hopes
'You need to put your hand up. There's going to be injuries'
CJ Stander went well on his final audition for a place in the Lions’ first Test 23.
# Leader
'I think he’ll make us proud' - O'Mahony set to be named Lions captain
The 27-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Test captain tomorrow.
# Doddie Weir
Former Scottish and Lions player reveals that he is suffering with motor neurone disease
Doddie Weir earned 61 Scotland caps during an illustrious career.
# Report
Lions find attacking spark against Chiefs to build momentum for first Test
Warren Gatland’s midweekers kept the confidence flowing before the first All Blacks clash.
# Respected
Peter O'Mahony the Lions' Test captain? It could happen this weekend
The Munster flanker is in with a good chance of leading the Lions in Auckland.
# head to head
Hansen sniping away, but Gatland has to focus on the Lions' rugby
The Lions face a crucial game against the Māori today in Rotorua.
# Going Home
Ross Moriarty ruled out of remainder of Lions tour with back injury
The Wales back row was injured in the opening game of the tour.
# fresh faces
Lions reinforcements on way as Gatland set to announce 5 or 6 call-ups
Warren Gatland is set to bring in additional players for his midweek team.
# Ruthless
'To have played two games and lost two games is pretty frustrating for me'
Robbie Henshaw was disappointed with the Lions’ inability to see out a win in Dunedin.
# Pride of Munster
'I’ve seen the tough times he’s been through' - Murray thrilled for O'Mahony
The Lions scrum-half says this squad is well able for criticism in New Zealand.
# seánie
Warren Gatland was impressed with the 'outstanding' Sean O'Brien
Peter O’Mahony also made a big impression in the back row.
# Irish Influence
Brilliant night for Furlong and the rest of the Irish Lions in Christchurch
It was a great night for the Irish contingent.
# Super Super Rugby
The Lions are taking on one of the best clubs in the world tomorrow
Scott Robertson’s Crusaders have been in sublime form this year.
# Halfbacks
Two of Warren Gatland's key Lions finally pair up on Saturday
Conor Murray and Owen Farrell start in the halfbacks against the Crusaders.
# making the cut
Leinster-bound Lowe named as part of Maori All Blacks squad to face the Lions
It was confirmed in March that James Lowe would be joining Leinster.
# big ask
Crusaders XV includes All Black tight five in another huge test for the Lions
The Super Rugby leaders have named an impressive starting team for Saturday.
# Black Wave
Two new faces included in imposing All Blacks squad for Lions series
Steve Hansen has called up Jordie Barrett, meaning there are three brothers in the same All Blacks squad for the first time.
# Optimism
'I don’t think there's a lot of difference between the Super Rugby sides and All Blacks'
Warren Gatland says he is happy to have tough tests in the build-up to the All Blacks clashes.
# Outclassed
Pressure mounts on Gatland's Lions as brilliant Blues win in style
Warren Gatland’s men were poor again as they suffered a 22-16 defeat at Eden Park.
# Homecoming
'They'd love to see me get smashed' - Payne on familiar soil in Auckland
The Ireland centre left the Blues for Ulster back in 2011.
# Team news
Payne, Henshaw, McGrath and Stander start the Lions' second game
Welshman Ken Owens will captain Warren Gatland’s side in Auckland on Wednesday.
# sbw
Blues name eight All Blacks in team to face the Lions in Auckland
Sonny Bill Williams has been pencilled into the XV for Wednesday’s game.
# gats
'I think the powers-that-be will think about the schedule and preparation'
Warren Gatland was unhappy with how his players travelled to Whangarei yesterday.
# It's Quizness time
Quiz: How well do you remember the last Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005?
It’s 12 years since the last tour to face the All Blacks.
# 10
'Johnny Sexton said, 'Don't worry about him, he's a midfielder!''
Owen Farrell and the Ireland out-half are set to battle for the Lions’ 10 shirt.
# Losing Finale
O'Mahony straight onto Lions duty but Munster defeat will rankle
‘We definitely saw their attacking coming,’ said the Munster captain.