'Do or die second Test one of biggest in Lions history'

'Do or die second Test one of biggest in Lions history'

Second Test: New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Saturday, 1 July Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says Saturday’s second Test is the “biggest challenge” of his career. It may also be one of the most significant games in Lions history. Having lost last week’s first Test in Auckland, this is – as defence…

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British and Irish Lions: Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies questions second Test call

British and Irish Lions: Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies questions second Test call

Second Test: New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Saturday, 1 July Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has made his “last roll of the dice” in picking both Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell for Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand, says former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies. Sexton and Farrell have played only 74 minutes…

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Sexton & Farrell named in Lions team for second Test

Sexton & Farrell named in Lions team for second Test

Second Test: New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Date: Saturday, 1 July. Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell will start together for the British and Irish Lions in the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. Sexton comes in at fly-half with Farrell at inside centre, the first time the combination have started on tour. Captain Sam…

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Gatland did not want to 'devalue' Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Gatland did not want to 'devalue' Lions shirt by bringing on replacements

Media playback is not supported on this device The controversy over the British and Irish Lions call-ups influenced the decision not to bring them off the bench against the Hurricanes, says coach Warren Gatland. Four of the eight replacements did not feature as the Lions let slip a 14-point lead to draw 31-31 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. George Kruis and Leigh Halfpenny came off the bench, but Finn Russell – as a brief…

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Jeremy Guscott column: The Lions had the chances, the All Blacks had the class

Jeremy Guscott column: The Lions had the chances, the All Blacks had the class

Media playback is not supported on this device Hurricanes v British and Irish Lions Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Date: Tuesday, 27 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app I had so many emotions coming into this game. Before the tour party departed for New Zealand, I thought the All Blacks would win comfortably. But then I considered South Africa and Australia’s decline since the last Rugby World…

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O'Mahony to lead Lions in first Test – see the full line-up

O'Mahony to lead Lions in first Test – see the full line-up

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 24 June Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Flanker Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday. Wales flanker Sam Warburton, appointed as tour captain by head coach Warren Gatland, has been named on the replacements’ bench at Eden Park. England fly-half…

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British and Irish Lions power past Maori All Blacks

British and Irish Lions power past Maori All Blacks

Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions Maori All Blacks (10) 10 Tries: Messam Cons: McKenzie Pens: McKenzie British and Irish Lions (15) 32 Tries: Penalty try, Itoje Cons: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny 6 The British and Irish Lions gained a confidence-boosting win as their power told against the Maori All Blacks in wet conditions at Rotorua International Stadium. Leigh Halfpenny kicked them into a half-time lead with Liam Messam scoring for the hosts. The…

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Highlanders hand Lions second defeat of tour

Highlanders hand Lions second defeat of tour

Highlanders v British and Irish Lions Highlanders (10) 23 Tries: Naholo, Coltman Cons: Sopoaga, Banks Pens: Sopoaga 2, Banks British and Irish Lions (10) 22 Tries: Joseph, Seymour, Warburton Cons: Biggar 2 Pen: Biggar Elliot Daly’s late attempt at a 57-metre match-winning penalty fell just short as the British and Irish Lions lost narrowly to the Highlanders. Second-half tries from returning captain Sam Warburton and Tommy Seymour looked to have put the Lions in control,…

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