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British and Irish Lions

The Lions celebrate series victory over Australia on July 6, 2013
The British and Irish Lions clinch a historic series win against Australia with a 41-16 victory in the third and final Test in Sydney.
Ireland's no. 8 Jamie Heaslip evades a tackle from Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 2, 2014
Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney doubtful for British and Irish Lions selection
Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney undergo surgery on a back and knee injury respectively, potentially seeing them miss out on a call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad.
Mar 24, 17:24
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Warren Gatland: 'Dylan Hartley still in contention for Lions captaincy'
Warren Gatland talks up Dylan Hartley's credentials for the British and Irish Lions captaincy, insisting that the hooker has done a "fantastic" job for England.
Mar 20, 21:31
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland: 'Top players will miss out on British and Irish Lions selection'
Warren Gatland admits that he is "excited about the potential" in the British and Irish Lions' playing ranks, but says picking a final squad is going to be very tough.
Mar 15, 22:10
Alun Wyn Jones of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014
Brian O'Driscoll, Martin Johnson back Alun Wyn Jones for Lions captaincy
Former Lions captains Brian O'Driscoll and Martin Johnson both back Alun Wyn Jones for the role in New Zealand this summer, but regard Owen Farrell as a candidate.
Feb 19, 22:30
Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015
Sam Warburton 'to relinquish Wales captaincy'
A report claims that Sam Warburton is to step aside as Wales skipper later this month, with a new captain to be named prior to the Six Nations.
Jan 11, 13:08
Andy Farrell, the England backs coach looks on during the England training session held at West Park Leeds Rugby Club on October 23, 2013
Andy Farrell: 'Lions hopes boosted by introduction of bonus point'
Andy Farrell backs the decision to introduce bonus points in the 2017 Six Nations, claiming that it will only benefit the British and Irish Lions in the long term.
Dec 29, 14:07
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland to honour remainder of Wales contract
Wales head coach Warren Gatland insists that he has no intention of stepping down from his position next year, despite reports to the contrary at the weekend.
Dec 19, 13:34
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland to quit Wales after British and Irish Lions tour?
Wales head coach Warren Gatland will stand down from his position after next summer's British and Irish Lions tour, a report claims.
Dec 18, 09:14
Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is shown the red card and sent off by referee JP Doyle during the Aviva Premiership match against Leicester on December 20, 2014
Jim Mallinder unwilling to defend Dylan Hartley following dismissal
Jim Mallinder admits to being 'disappointed' by Dylan Hartley's conduct during Friday's clash with Leinster, but says that it did not cost Northampton Saints victory.
Dec 10, 10:15
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland unhappy with Gregor Townsend snub
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland questions incoming Scotland boss Gregor Townsend's decision to turn down an invite to join his coaching team.
Dec 8, 21:44
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland names coaching staff for 2017 tour
Warren Gatland names Andy Farrell, Steve Borthwick and Rob Howley as part of his coaching team for the British and Irish Lions' 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Dec 7, 12:22
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Paul O'Connell: Dylan Hartley would be "great captain" for Lions
Dylan Hartley has the potential to become a commanding figure for the British and Irish Lions and skipper the side in New Zealand, according to Paul O'Connell.
Oct 12, 22:22
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland wants total commitment from British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says that he will only select players who believe that they can beat New Zealand in next year's tour.
Sep 7, 12:57
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland confirmed as British and Irish Lions head coach for 2017
Warren Gatland is confirmed as the British and Irish Lions head coach for the tour of New Zealand in 2017.
Sep 7, 12:05
A general view of a match ball ahead of Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Leicester Tigers at Kassam Stadium on November 23, 2014
Premiership chief unhappy with "punishing" British and Irish Lions schedule
Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty hits out at the planning for the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand next year, which he fears will lead to burnout.
Aug 28, 16:26
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland 'to lead British and Irish Lions for second time'
Widespread reports suggest that Warren Gatland is to be given the British and Irish Lions gig for a second time, three years on from the 2-1 series win over Australia.
Aug 23, 18:46
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Keith Wood: 'Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones dream British and Irish Lions pairing'
Former British and Irish Lions star Keith Wood backs Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones to take charge of the side for next year's New Zealand tour.
Jun 24, 14:53
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
England's Eddie Jones backs Dylan Hartley for British and Irish Lions captaincy
England head coach Eddie Jones backs Dylan Hartley for the role of British and Irish Lions captain in New Zealand next year.
Jun 21, 22:57
Former England and Leicester Tigers player Martin Johnson looks on after the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road on February 9, 2013
Martin Johnson backs Maro Itoje, George Kruis for Lions role
Martin Johnson backs England's Grand Slam-winning second row pairing of Maro Itoje and George Kruis to play a key role for the Lions next summer.
Mar 21, 15:41
England head coach Stuart Lancaster watches on during a training session on September 4, 2015
RFU: 'Stuart Lancaster could coach British and Irish Lions'
The RFU confirms that it would release coach Stuart Lancaster if he was offered the chance to take charge of the British & Irish Lions in 2017.
Sep 7, 16:31



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