When is the British and Irish Lions squad announced ahead of the summer tour of New Zealand?

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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.

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The British and Irish Lions will face the toughest challenge when they play New Zealand this summer

After all, the Lions haven’t won a tour against the All Blacks since 1971…


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Find out all of the vital information ahead of the home heroes’ New Zealand tour…

When is the British and Irish Lions squad announced?

The Lions beat Australia 2-1 in their last tour in 2013

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The Lions beat Australia 2-1 in their last tour in 2013

Head coach Warren Gatland will name his Lions squad on April 19, 2017.

Announcements in recent years have come after the European Cup semi-finals, but this year will be confirmed before.

Those club fixtures are set to take place over the weekend of April 21, 22 and 23, 2017.

What is the likely starting XV for the British and Irish Lions?

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Although it’s near impossibly to judge with the squad not even announced, based on the statistics, we can hazard a guess.

Thanks to some help from bettingexpert.com we’ve put together the starting line-up based on those most deserving.

And it’s fair to say, that XV looks rather strong (see above), with an English-Irish flavour…

What are the British and Irish Lions fixtures?

The British and Irish Lions haven't won a Test against New Zealand since 1993

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The British and Irish Lions haven’t won a Test against New Zealand since 1993

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

The Lions haven't won a series against New Zealand since 1971

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The Lions haven’t won a series against New Zealand since 1971

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?

England rugby team celebrate impressive Six Nations win in dressing room

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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