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# lions - Thursday 15 June, 2017

From The42 Peter O'Mahony captains the Lions as Sexton gets nod at 10 Team News

Peter O'Mahony captains the Lions as Sexton gets nod at 10

Owen Farrell had been named on the bench but drops out injured.

From The42 Carter and O'Gara make the case for 'world class' O'Brien to start first Test Big Calls

Carter and O'Gara make the case for 'world class' O'Brien to start first Test

The Ireland and Leinster flanker is pushing for selection for Auckland, and both Dan Carter and Ronan O’Gara feel he should be a starter.

From The42 'Lions series felt like a stepping stone to stamping my name on the world stage' DC10

'Lions series felt like a stepping stone to stamping my name on the world stage'

Dan Carter announced himself on the world stage by starring against the Lions in 2005.

# lions - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

From The42 'He missed. He's human, that's life' - Lions tee still up for grabs ahead of Tests Options

'He missed. He's human, that's life' - Lions tee still up for grabs ahead of Tests

Leigh Halfpenny and Owen Farrell are the leading candidates for the job.

From The42 'I got the letter under my door to say I was starting but then I was told I wasn't in the 23' Miller Lite

'I got the letter under my door to say I was starting but then I was told I wasn't in the 23'

Former Ireland and Leinster flanker Eric Miller looks back on the highs and lows of the 1997 Lions tour in South Africa.

From The42 Lions to shift into Test mode in Rotorua after 'hiccup' against Highlanders Moving On

Lions to shift into Test mode in Rotorua after 'hiccup' against Highlanders

Discipline, the scrum, closing out games and defending kicks will be the key learning points.

# lions - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

From The42 The42 Rugby Show: Irish frustrations, test teams taking shape and Stuart Hogg's replacement Learning Curve This post contains videos

The42 Rugby Show: Irish frustrations, test teams taking shape and Stuart Hogg's replacement

Murray Kinsella joined Sean Farrell from Dunedin with reaction to the Lions’ loss against the Highlanders.

From The42 'We shot ourselves in the foot' - Gatland bemoans Lions discipline and scrum Scrum Issues

'We shot ourselves in the foot' - Gatland bemoans Lions discipline and scrum

The Lions boss was disappointed but won’t be dwelling on defeat for too long.

Poll: Are you watching any of the Lions tour? Lunch Crunch This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you watching any of the Lions tour?

Give it to us straight. Honest answers only.

From The42 Henderson makes impact felt for Lions as Payne has mixed night Irish Influence

Henderson makes impact felt for Lions as Payne has mixed night

CJ Stander started slowly but had some big moments in the 23-22 defeat.

From The42 Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off Lions Opinion

Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off Lions

The Athlone man battled his way through a tough contest under the roof in Dunedin.

From The42 Player ratings after the Lions lose in Dunedin Out Of 10

Player ratings after the Lions lose in Dunedin

Who shone through the defeat for you?

From The42 Gatland's Lions slip to second tour defeat in thrilling contest with Highlanders Drama

Gatland's Lions slip to second tour defeat in thrilling contest with Highlanders

The tourists scored three tries but they produced another big error count in Dunedin.

From The42 As It Happened: Highlanders v The Lions Minute-by-Minute

As It Happened: Highlanders v The Lions

We had all the action from Dunedin.

From The42 Wedding ahead for Iain Henderson after his first Lions tour challenge Politically Aware

Wedding ahead for Iain Henderson after his first Lions tour challenge

The 25-year-old Ireland and Ulster lock has important times ahead of him.

# lions - Monday 12 June, 2017

From The42 With first Test looming, Henshaw and the Dunedin crew must stand out Getting Close

With first Test looming, Henshaw and the Dunedin crew must stand out

Warren Gatland will send out the majority of his first Test team on Saturday against the Māori All Blacks.

# lions - Sunday 11 June, 2017

From The42 'Conor Murray is probably the best number nine in the world' - Graham Henry Lauded

'Conor Murray is probably the best number nine in the world' - Graham Henry

The former Lions and All Blacks coach had high praise for the Irish scrum-half.

From The42 No surprises from the Lions' 'washing machine' but a major step forward Tactics

No surprises from the Lions' 'washing machine' but a major step forward

The Crusaders were frustrated to get drawn into a kicking battle, but the Lions’ class showed.

From The42 Payne starts at fullback as Lions captain Warburton returns Team News

Payne starts at fullback as Lions captain Warburton returns

The Ulsterman is joined by Ireland team-mates Rory Best, Iain Henderson, CJ Stander and Robbie Henshaw.

From The42 Three All Blacks in Highlanders side to face Lions in Dunedin The Zoo

Three All Blacks in Highlanders side to face Lions in Dunedin

Lima Sopoaga, Liam Coltman and Waisake Naholo have been released by Steve Hansen.

# lions - Saturday 10 June, 2017

From The42 'You just have to show respect' - Mako Vunipola on facing the haka Face Off

'You just have to show respect' - Mako Vunipola on facing the haka

The Lions star looked pretty nonchalant.

From The42 'It’s something you dream of since you were in nappies' - Furlong Wexford Beef

'It’s something you dream of since you were in nappies' - Furlong

The Ireland and Leinster tighthead had a fine debut for Warren Gatland’s side.

From The42 Brilliant night for Furlong and the rest of the Irish Lions in Christchurch Irish Influence

Brilliant night for Furlong and the rest of the Irish Lions in Christchurch

It was a great night for the Irish contingent.

From The42 As it happened: Crusaders v The Lions Liveblog

As it happened: Crusaders v The Lions

Warren Gatland’s men were in desperate need of a big result in Christchurch.

# lions - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

From The42 'He’s a monster' - Sonny Bill Williams shows his All Black class against Lions Test Quality

'He’s a monster' - Sonny Bill Williams shows his All Black class against Lions

The Blues centre was in superb form against the tourists at Eden Park.

From The42 No time for Lions self-pity as they get on the road to Christchurch Moving On

No time for Lions self-pity as they get on the road to Christchurch

Warren Gatland’s squad face the best Kiwi Super Rugby side on Saturday.

From The42 'Sometimes you need to get a punch to the face': Stander confident Lions will learn from mistakes Learnings

'Sometimes you need to get a punch to the face': Stander confident Lions will learn from mistakes

The Munster number eight believes the setback will help the squad improve.

From The42 'I don’t think there's a lot of difference between the Super Rugby sides and All Blacks' 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.

From The42 As it happened: Auckland Blues v The Lions Liveblog

As it happened: Auckland Blues v The Lions

We followed the second game of the 2017 tour as Warren Gatland’s side faced Super Rugby opposition.

From The42 Gaeilgeor Robbie Henshaw set to light up his Lions tour against the Blues Roibard

Gaeilgeor Robbie Henshaw set to light up his Lions tour against the Blues

The Leinster man is one of the new faces in the Lions team for the clash at Eden Park.

# lions - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

From The42 'They'll never be forgotten, the 1971 boys will remain unique in the Lions story' History Makers

'They'll never be forgotten, the 1971 boys will remain unique in the Lions story'

A new book explores the achievement in defeated New Zealand 46 years ago.

From The42 Tana Umaga's Blues will unleash their first ever pre-match haka against the Lions tomorrow night Debut
From The42 'Emotional' Lions squad hold minute's silence in New Zealand for victims of London terror attack Condolences

'Emotional' Lions squad hold minute's silence in New Zealand for victims of London terror attack

The squad play their second game of the tour tomorrow.

From The42 Fasting for Ramadan, Sonny Bill Williams hungry to bring down the Lions Superstar

Fasting for Ramadan, Sonny Bill Williams hungry to bring down the Lions

The Blues centre has recovered from a knee issue to start at inside centre tomorrow.

# lions - Monday 5 June, 2017

From The42 'It's a team any Irish boy would want to play for. I ended up playing against them' Irish Abroad

'It's a team any Irish boy would want to play for. I ended up playing against them'

Oli Jager had an impressive outing against the Lions on Saturday and is hungry for more.

# lions - Saturday 3 June, 2017

From The42 'A damp squib' - Media mock Lions' opening effort in New Zealand Reaction

'A damp squib' - Media mock Lions' opening effort in New Zealand

‘Is that all you got?’

From The42 As it happened: New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v The Lions Liveblog

As it happened: New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v The Lions

We followed all the action from Whangarei as the 2017 tour got underway.

From The42 Sexton must lay down marker as Lions get 2017 tour underway Influence

Sexton must lay down marker as Lions get 2017 tour underway

The Ireland out-half will be fighting hard for his spot.

# lions - Friday 2 June, 2017

From The42 Letter from New Zealand: Lions easing happily into life on tour Tour Diary

Letter from New Zealand: Lions easing happily into life on tour

Sean O’Brien has taken on the all-important role of fines master.

From The42 New Connacht boss Keane to fly in after Chiefs tackle Lions Setting His Stall

New Connacht boss Keane to fly in after Chiefs tackle Lions

The province are keen to avoid a repeat of the inactive pre-season that scuppered their campaign as defending champs.