WITH the Six Nations now done and dusted it’s time to turn your attention to the British and Irish Lions tour.
After the Lions’ heroics of 2013, when they beat Australia 2-1, Warren Gatland and Co know they’ll face an ever tougher challenge against New Zealand.
After all, the Lions haven’t won a tour against the All Blacks since 1971…
Keep up to date with ALL the latest rugby union and British and Irish Lions news, gossip and rumours.
Find out all of the vital information ahead of the home heroes’ New Zealand tour…
When is the British and Irish Lions squad announced?
Head coach Warren Gatland named his Lions squad on April 19, 2017.
Announcements in recent years have come after the European Cup semi-finals, but this year everything was confirmed before.
Those club fixtures are set to take place over the weekend of April 21, 22 and 23, 2017.
What is the British and Irish Lions squad?
Jonathan Joseph was the surprise selection in the 2017 Lions squad, while Dylan Hartley became the third successive England captain to miss out.
The full squad is as follows:
BACKS: Biggar, Daly, J Davies, Farrell, Halfpenny, Henshaw, Hogg, Joseph, Murray, North, Nowell, Payne, Sexton, Seymour, Te’o, Watson, Webb, L Williams, Youngs.
FORWARDS: Best, Cole, Faletau, Furlong, George, Henderson, Itoje, AW Jones, Kruis, Lawes, Marler, McGrath, Moriarty, O’Brien, O’Mahoney, Owens, Sinckler, Stander, Tipuric, M Vunipola, B Vunipola, Warburton.
What are the British and Irish Lions fixtures?
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – New Zealand Provincial Union XV vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Blues vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Crusaders vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – Highlanders vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Maori All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – FMG Stadium, Waikato, Hamilton
Saturday, June 24, 2017 – NEW ZEALAND vs BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – FIRST TEST – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Hurricanes vs British and Irish Lions – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – NEW ZEALAND vs BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – SECOND TEST – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, July 8, 2017 – NEW ZEALAND vs BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – THIRD TEST – 8.35am UK & Ireland/7.35pm NZ – Eden Park, Auckland
What happened on the last British and Irish Lions tour?
Last time out – four years ago in Australia – the Lions clinched a 2-1 series victory over the Aussies.
However, the home heroes have failed to win a single Test match against New Zealand since 1993.
The Lions haven’t won a full series against the All Blacks since 1971.
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