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.

From left, British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland with assistants Rob Howley, Andy Farrell and Steve Borthwick. Photos: Reuters

‘Core’ British & Irish Lions coaching team named

Andy Farrell, Steve Borthwick and Rob Howley will be Warren Gatland’s specialist coaches for the daunting British & Irish Lions tour of world champions New Zealand, it was announced on Wednesday.