Category: British & Irish Lions


The British and Irish Lions took to the field in Sydney on Saturday knowing that their place in the rugby history books would be secured if they could beat their Australian hosts.

WORD | Leigh Halfpenny... (Image | talkSPORT)

Game face | Leigh Halfpenny celebrates as the British and Irish Lions wrap up a 2-1 series win in Australia. (Image | talkSPORT)

When they left the field 80 minutes later, the Lions had a 2-1 series win and became the first side since 1997 to achieve success in the Southern Hemisphere.

First test: Lions 23 Australia 21

The first match kicked off the series in a brutal fashion, with Wallabies centre Christian Leali’ifano being stretchered off less than a minute into his international debut.

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Five matches down and five wins for Britain’s rugby elite. The first half of the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour was promising to say the least, although there are a few areas in which the squad need to improve if they are to challenge Australia fully at the end of the month.

North bound | British and Irish Lions winger George North, scores one of two tries against the Queensland-New South Wales Country XV. (Image | The BBC)

North bound | British and Irish Lions winger George North, scores one of two tries against the Combined Country XV. (Image | The BBC)

British and Irish Lions 58 Barbarian FC 9

The tour kicked off in sweltering conditions in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 1. Facing a slightly stronger Barbarians side than other recent incarnations of the invitation team, the Lions nonetheless outclassed their opponents.

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There was perhaps little surprise in former Wales coach Warren Gatland naming Sam Warburton as his Lions captain (Image | MSN)

There was perhaps little surprise in former Wales coach Warren Gatland naming Sam Warburton as his Lions captain (Image | MSN)

In June 2013, the cream of home nations rugby union talent will travel to Australia for a tour that culminates in a three-match test series after a warm-up series against the country’s club sides. At midday today, on April 30th, 2013, the full squad was announced in London by tour manager Andy Irvine and head coach Warren Gatland.

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