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 2009 South Africa test series was lost 2-1 while the 2013 tour, which included a game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, was won 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.

Joe Schmidt signs new deal to coach Ireland until 2017

Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt has extended his contract until the end of the 2017 international rugby season. Photo: AP

Joe Schmidt has signed a contract extension that will see the New Zealander remain as head coach of Ireland until at least June 2017, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday.

Thursday, 23 July, 2015, 11:19am

Lions face daunting three tests and five Super Rugby sides in 2017 New Zealand tour

The British & Irish Lions beat Australia 2-1 in their series in 2013. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand Rugby on Friday announced a packed 10-match programme for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour, including three tests between the Lions and All Blacks.

16 Jul 2015 - 8:54pm

Pain of Lions defeat will last a lifetime, says Wallaby Ben Alexander

The Lions celebrate winning the series in Sydney. Photo: Reuters

Ben Alexander has said nothing will erase the memory of Australia’s third-test defeat by the British & Irish Lions in July, with only a dominant display by the Wallaby scrum in a major match likely to silence their critics.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:06am

Howley urges Lions to ‘put Wallabies to bed’

Richard Hibbard (top) of the British & Irish Lions gets to grips with teammate Dan Lydiate during training. The Lions can clinch a series win with victory today. Photo: AFP

Assistant coach Rob Howley on Friday warned the British & Irish Lions to put the Wallabies "to bed" and not endure his nightmare memories of losing a series in Australia from a position of strength.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:10am

Warburton urges Lions to kill off Wallabies

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton. Photo: AFP

Sam Warburton said on Thursday he is urging his British & Irish Lions team to finish off the Wallabies in the second Test in Melbourne this weekend and wrap up the series.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:12am

McCabe out for year with recurrence of neck injury

Wallabies player Pat McCabe. Photo: AFP

Australia and ACT Brumbies back Pat McCabe’s rugby season is over after re-injuring his neck in the first test against the British & Irish Lions last weekend.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:45am

Lions have put Brumbies loss behind them, says fullback Kearney

British & Irish Lions fullback Rob Kearney. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The British & Irish Lions' stunning loss to the ACT Brumbies will not affect the team mentally, though the tourists will need to get back "on their feet" quickly before Saturday's opening test against Australia, said fullback Rob Kearney.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:43am

Lions centre Jamie Roberts in doubt for first test against Australia

Jamie Roberts feels the pain of a hamstring injury. Photo: Reuters

British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts is a "grave doubt" for Saturday's first test against Australia because of a hamstring strain, team doctor James Robson said Monday.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:41am

Depleted Lions brace for Brumbies challenge ahead of first Wallabies test

Ex-Wales winger Shane Williams, who retired from international rugby in 2011, has been called up by Lions coach Warren Gatland. Photo: AP

Like all the provincial sides thrown to the Lions, the Brumbies will front up with a starting fifteen robbed of their best Wallabies players but under strict orders to leave the tourists bruised, if not beaten, after full-time at Canberra Stadium.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:38am

Former Wallabies coach accuses Lions of cheating

Lions coach Warren Gatland. Photo: EPA

Less than a week from the first British & Irish Lions test against Australia, former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer has labelled the visitors as cheats because of illegal scrimmaging and other rule infringements.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:33am

Leigh Halfpenny fires Lions to record 47-17 victory over Waratahs

Fullback Leigh Halfpenny scores one of his two tries against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Five tries - including a brace for Leigh Halfpenny who also enjoyed another golden night with the boot - kept the Lions unbeaten in five games this tour, and gave them their biggest win over the Waratahs in 125 years of visiting Australia.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:30am

Captain must earn place, says Lions coach

Warren Gatland. Photo: AFP

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says tour captain Sam Warburton will have to earn his place in the test side for the series against Australia with his performance against the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:26am

Injuries force Lions to change Australia plans

Warren Gatland. Photo: Reuters

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland continues squad rotation for the tour match against the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday, backtracking on his plan to put out his strongest side a week before the first test.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:23am

Lions coach Gatland expects more from his players

British & Irish Lions team member Richard Hibbard. Photo: AFP

Most coaches would be happy with a 10-try shellacking, even against a team containing amateurs, but Warren Gatland's barely disguised anger after the British & Irish Lions beat Combined Country on Tuesday told of a man with very high standards.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:21am

Lions cruise to victory over combined NSW-Queensland side

George North slides in to score one of his two tries in a comprehensive win over the New South Wales & Queensland Country team. Photo: AP

The British & Irish Lions maintained their unbeaten start to the tour of Australia by running in 10 tries to overwhelm a willing but outgunned semi-professional Combined Country side 64-0 at Hunter Stadium on Tuesday.

11 Jul 2015 - 10:18am