British & Irish Lions

The Lions are a rugby union test team comprising players from the home nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Lions tours are conducted once every four years and in modern times have focused on Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The 2013 tour included a game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong and the Lions went on to win the series 2-1 over Australia. In 2017, almost 130 years since they played Otago in their first tour match, the British & Irish Lions return to New Zealand.

A confident Warren Gatland after being confirmed as Lions coach in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Photos: Reuters

We can beat the All Blacks, says Lions coach Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland believes his British and Irish Lions can trump their series win under him in 2013 and defeat world champions New Zealand in their three-test rugby series next year after being appointed coach on Wednesday.