Full coverage of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand

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The British & Irish Lions face a gruelling 10-game tour of New Zealand, including a three-Test series against the All Blacks. ESPN will be there with full, up-to-date coverage every step of the way.

Warren Gatland's side are on the back foot as they head to Wellington having suffered a frustrating 30-15 defeat in the first Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park. The winner of the opening Test has gone on to win the last three Lions series.

Next match: July 1: All Blacks -- KO: 7.35 p.m. (NZT) / 8.35 a.m. (BST)

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What the Lions learned in Canes draw

The true significance of the draw between the British & Irish Lions and Hurricanes will only be put into perspective for the tourists at the end of the series.

All Blacks park razzle-dazzle for route-one rugby

They're usually the kings of attacking wizardry but that wasn't the case as the All Blacks kept it simple to beat the Lions at Eden Park.

Jones: Lions need to be more clinical

Former British & Irish Lions prop Adam Jones believes Warren Gatland's side need to take their chances if they're to come close to winning the second Test.

Lions Player Ratings -- 1st Test

Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams had strong games for the Lions in their 30-15 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

All Blacks Player Ratings -- 1st Test

Kieran Read and Brodie Retallick led from the front as the All Blacks went 1-0 in the best of three Test series against the Lions.

All Blacks vs. Lions 1st Test: Social reaction

Plenty of former players and influential figures in the North expressed their frustration on social media as the Lions missed numerous opportunities in the first Test.

All Blacks vs. Lions 1st Test: Who said what

The British & Irish Lions were left to rue poor finishing after world champions New Zealand won a thrilling first Test in Auckland.

Read unconcerned by lack of recent rugby

Sam Bruce reports from Auckland as the All Blacks go through their final preparations ahead of the first Test.

The quiet man from Munster takes centre stage

Peter O'Mahony has been through an awful lot this season which is why captaining the British & Irish Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks will not faze or distract him in the slightest.

Gatland goes bold with exciting team selection

George North? Gone. Leigh Halfpenny? Benched. Sam Warburton, the tour captain? Benched. Warren Gatland's team for the first Lions Test was a shock -- but a positive decision.

Chiefs win gives Gatland food for thought

The British & Irish Lions coaches will meet on Wednesday to finalise the team for Saturday's first Test with Warren Gatland predicting a "tough" selection meeting.

What the Lions learned in Chiefs rout

The midweek side made their mark on the 2017 tour with a commanding 34-6 win in Hamilton. Here is what the tourists will have learned.

Lions vs. Chiefs: Who said what

The reaction of British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, captain Rory Best and Jack Nowell after the convincing victory over the Chiefs.

Lions vs. Chiefs: Social reaction

There was plenty of social love for Courtney Lawes and the Lions' back three.

What the Lions learned in record Maori win

Forward dominance, physicality and some real grunt saw the British & Irish Lions dispatch the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua.

Maori embracing history, heritage ahead of Lions battle

The Maori All Blacks are leaving their Super Rugby allegiances at the door in the hope of delivering another body blow to the British & Irish Lions' momentum.

Lions left licking scrum wounds

Discipline and scrum interpretation remain a concern for Lions coach Warren Gatland following a run of penalties in the latter stages of Tuesday's loss to the Highlanders that left prop Kyle Sinckler bemused.

What the Lions learned in Highlanders loss

The British & Irish Lions slipped to a last-gasp defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin as Marty Banks struck a late penalty to seal a 23-22 win.

Lions vs. Highlanders: Social reaction

We look at how social media reacted after the Lions suffered their second defeat four games into the tour of New Zealand.

What the Lions learned in Crusaders win

The British & Irish Lions bounced back from defeat to earn a hard-fought victory against the Crusaders. This is what Warren Gatland would have learned.

Lions vs Crusaders: Social reaction

The British & Irish Lions beat the form Super Rugby side at the AMI Stadium and we look at how former players reacted to the victory on social media.

Craig Dowd: Lions won't beat Crusaders

Former All Black Craig Dowd says he can't see Warren Gatland's side beating the Crusaders or the Highlanders, but that shouldn't dishearten Lions fans.

Lions look for cure to offload pain

The British & Irish Lions will focus on improving their discipline and offload prevention as they look to bounce back from their defeat to the Blues on Wednesday evening.

Analysis: The try that tamed the Lions

Tour games don't often live in the memory when one reflects on previous British & Irish Lions campaigns, but Ihaia West's try that saw the Blues record a famous victory might well be an exception to the rule.

What the Lions learned in Blues defeat

Two matches down and the British & Irish Lions have suffered their first defeat after losing 22-16 to the Blues at Eden Park.

Lions vs. Blues: Social reaction

We look at how social media reacted to the British & Irish Lions' first loss of the 2017 tour as the Blues recorded a stunning 22-16 win at Eden Park.

Blues will draw on inside knowledge vs. Lions

Blues high performance director Tony Hanks knows Warren Gatland's methods well having worked with the British & Irish Lions coach at Wasps and Waikato.

Lions given perfect wake-up call in Whangarei

Warren Gatland's Lions squad are under no illusion to the task in front of them in New Zealand following a stuttering win over the NZ Provincial Barbarians.

Provincial Barbarians: What the Lions learned

If the Provincial Barbarians were meant to be the most straight-forward opponents the Lions will face, then the tourists have been served a stark reminder over just how hard this series will be.

Fun & Games

The Lions XV to face the All Blacks voted by you

The Lions will name their first to face the All Blacks on Wednesday -- these are the players who ESPN's readers have voted will start on Saturday at Eden Park.

Pick your Lions XV

Who do you think should start the first Test against the All Blacks on June 24? Ranked the contenders to let us know.

5 Lions to watch

Which players will be crucial as the Lions attempt to secure a series win over the All Blacks?

Not-so-early predictions

Ahead of the first game of the tour against the NZ Provincial Barbarians, we asked our experts to look into their crystal balls.

Lions Tour tipping game

Earn bragging rights among your friends by predicting the winner of all 10 tour matches.


Adam Jones: Itoje-Jones pairing can give Lions parity

Former Lions prop Adam Jones believes a second row partnership between Maro Itoje and Alun Wyn Jones can help the tourists level the series with the All Blacks.

'We know he misses us' - At home with the Gatlands

When Warren Gatland steps out onto the Eden Park turf on Saturday, he will look into the stands for three familiar faces. Tom Hamilton spent a day with Lions coach's family.

Carter: Lions series the pinnacle for Lions

Dan Carter savoured first hand the frenzy the Lions engendered in his homeland the last time they visited in 2005 -- and still recalls the experience with palpable awe and wonder.

Williams cannot forget Lions who changed New Zealand

The names of the 1971 Lions forever run through the great Bryan Williams' mind. They were the tourists who helped change New Zealand rugby.

The history of stand-in skippers in numbers

As anybody who managed a pre-tour bet on Peter O'Mahony leading the Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks staggers out of their bookies we look at previous occasions where the Lions have been led by a stand-in captain.

New Zealand honours its favourite son

The small New Zealand town of Te Kuiti grounded to a halt as a statue to honour All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads was unveiled.

All Blacks Watch

The All Blacks dusted off any possible cobwebs with an impressive outing against Samoa while one winger dealt the Lions a big blow for his Super Rugby franchise.

'Euphoric' night the Maori made history

Jono Gibbes was racked with self-doubt as he prepared the New Zealand Maori to face the 2005 British & Irish Lions. He ended that "euphoric" night having helped make history, and provided inspiration to a new generation.

Matured Maro taking rise in his stride

Maro Itoje was just 19 when he led England to Junior World Championship glory on New Zealand soil. Three years on -- and over his pre-match anxiety -- Itoje is in the frame to start for the British & Irish Lions against the All Blacks.

The All Black who is a farmer first, rugby player second

Tom Hamilton pays a visit to Stonehenge Farm, the remote home of one of New Zealand's most decorated hookers, Andrew Hore.

Lions have homework to do at scrum time

Whinging will not give the British & Irish Lions parity at scrum time, but they have the players and coaching staff to turn things around in New Zealand.

How 'young Vic' helped shape Highlanders of today

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains bleeds blue and gold such is his affiliation with Otago Rugby. But even he fell out of love with the Highlanders -- until they knuckled down and returned to their roots of sheer, bloody hard work.

Lions Tour: All Blacks Watch

22 members of Steve Hansen's All Blacks squad featured either against the Lions in the tour games or in Super Rugby. We rank how they fared.

Lions legend Bentley: 'The try that changed my life'

20 years ago the British & Irish Lions were up against the Gauteng Lions on their tour in South Africa. It was a day John Bentley wrote his name into Lions history

Crusaders vs. Lions is Christchurch's Test match

Crusaders backs coach Leon Macdonald talks to ESPN about his memories of playing the Lions in 2005 and why Christchurch's unbeaten team are doing it for their city and their teammates.

Hansen's selection headache signals strength of All Blacks

Steve Hansen says the All Blacks squad he unveiled on Thursday to face the British & Irish Lions was the hardest he has ever had to pick.

Debunking the 'Warrenball' myth

The term 'Warrenball' angers Warren Gatland. It has become synonymous with direct, physical rugby, but ask two men who know Gatland best and they say attacking unpredictability is high up in his coaching philosophy's pecking order.

All Blacks selection issues ahead of Lions Tests

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has plenty to ponder ahead of naming his Test squad to take on the British & Irish Lions. ESPN looks at the four big selection talking points.

Backyard to Lions' den: Ioane boys to torment tourists

The Ioane boys, Akira and Rieko, will on Wednesday night enjoy the special honour of facing the British & Irish Lions alongside one another in front of a packed Eden Park.

Umaga shuts down '05 talk to concentrate on Blues

Tana Umaga was not in the mood for reminiscing on the 2005 Lions tour as he shut down any talk of the infamous tackle from 12 years ago.

Warburton: Two weeks to claim Test place

Kneejerk conclusions will not be drawn from the Lions' struggles against the Provincial Barbarians, but the tourists will have to learn quickly and find some try-scoring form if they are to knock over the All Blacks, according to captain Sam Warburton.

Lions in awe of Waitangi welcome

The Lions have been in New Zealand for five days, but under the crisp winter sun, they were officially welcomed to Aotearoa in a ceremony at Waitangi's treaty grounds that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it.

Lions must embrace spirit of '71

What can the 2017 Lions learn from the class of 1971? John Taylor believes they must mimic the famous squad's culture.

Gatland wants underdogs to rewrite history

Flying under the radar is suiting the Lions, but Warren Gatland hopes his class of 2017 will have their names written in New Zealand history by the end of the tour.

Super fan Sinckler ready to become a Lion

By his own admission Kyle Sinckler is in "rugby heaven" as he prepares for his first run out as a Lion.

'We want to entertain'

NZ Provincial Barbarians coach Clayton McMillan talks to Tom Hamilton about the unique challenge of bringing together an invitational side to face the Lions.

Wilkinson on 2005: 'I'd never seen such chaos'

Jonny Wilkinson, who toured New Zealand with the Lions 12 years ago, discusses that squad's mistakes and what Gatland & Co. must get right this time around.

Did the Lions heed McGeechan's advice?

Following the 1993 tour of New Zealand, then-coach Sir Ian McGeechan made 18 recommendations for future trips. Were they implemented?

Little left to chance as Lions head to New Zealand

What the 2017 British & Irish Lions lacked in preparation time they made up for in planning as they departed London on Monday afternoon determined to upset the All Blacks.


Tour Diary - Day 28

After the Lions drew with the Hurricanes, ESPN's Tom Hamilton gives us his view on all of the game's main talking points.

Tour Diary - Day 27

ESPN's Tom Hamilton discusses with Alex Lowe whether Warren Gatland was right to accuse the All Blacks of targeting Conor Murray in the first Test.

Tour Diary - Day 26

ESPN's Tom Hamilton discusses who will be playing ahead of Tuesday's match between the British and Irish Lions and the Hurricanes.

Jones: All Blacks a different class to the Lions

Former Lion Adam Jones believes the All Blacks had too much quality for the Lions to deal with in their first test defeat.

Tour Diary - Day 25

ESPN's Tom Hamilton believes the Lions will need to improve their discipline if they are to stand a chance in the second test against the All Blacks.

Tour Diary - Day 24

On the eve of the first Test, Tom Hamilton explains one part of Warren Gatland's pre-match routine between him and his family.

Tour Diary - Day 23

Tom Hamilton reports on a number of surprising selections Warren Gatland has made for the Lions first Test against the All Blacks.

Tour Diary - Day 22

Tom Hamilton recaps the Lions comfortable win over the Chiefs in Hamilton and casts an eye on selection issues ahead of the first Test.

Tour Diary - Day 21

Sir Colin Meads was honoured in his hometown, as big crowds turned up to watch the unveiling of the rugby legend's statue.

Tour Diary - Day 20

Tom Hamilton is in Hamilton as the touring media discuss whether there will be any surprises in Warren Gatland's selection for the first Test.

Tour Diary - Day 19

Tom Hamilton reacts from New Zealand as the British and Irish Lions dominate against the Maori All Blacks.

Tour Diary - Day 18

Tom Hamilton, Chris Foy and Owen Slot react to the All Blacks' demolition of Samoa, and what it means for the Lions.

Tour Diary - Day 17

Tom Hamilton is in Rotorua ahead of the Lions clash against the Maori All Blacks.

Adam Jones: Lions must be smarter at scrum time to beat All Blacks

Former Lion Adam Jones believes Gatland's side need to be smarter especially in the scrum if they are to beat the All Blacks.

Life on the farm with Andrew Hore

Tom Hamilton met former All Black Andrew Hore to ask how life has changed since he returned to his farming roots.

Tour Diary - Day 14

Tom Hamilton reflects on the Highlanders' win against the Lions, where Warren Gatland's side were again let down by their lack of discipline.

Tour Diary - Day 13

Tom Hamilton is joined by Chris Jones to visit former All Black Andrew Hore's farm near Dunedin.

Tour Diary - Day 12

Tom Hamilton has touched down in Dunedin where Nando's and Sam Warburton's return are on everybody's lips.

Tour Diary - Day 11

The Lions have a lot to be proud of following their win over the Crusaders, believes Tom Hamilton.

Tour Diary - Day 10

Tom Hamilton brings you the latest from the Lions tour, as they prepare for the match against the Crusaders.

Tour Diary - Day 9

Tom Hamilton brings you the latest from the Lions tour, as they prepare for a Crusaders side packed with All Blacks.

Tour Diary - Day 8

Tom Hamilton reports from Auckland after the tourists suffered their first defeat in New Zealand to the Blues.

Tour Diary - Day 7

Tom Hamilton is joined by Stephen Jones and Alan Dymock to discuss the recent criticism of the Lions head coach Warren Gatland.

Tour Diary - Day 6

Tom Hamilton reports from New Zealand as the Lions prepare to face the Blues.

Tour Diary - Day 5

The Lions were treated to a memorable Maori welcome to mark the true beginning of their tour.

Tour Diary - Day 4

Tom Hamilton reports from Whangarei, where the Lions snuck past the NZ Provincial Barbarians.

Tour Diary - Day 3

Tom Hamilton reports from a wet and windy Whangarei ahead of the Lions' opening match of their tour of New Zealand.

Tour Diary - Day 2

Having been mistaken for a possible Lion, ESPN's Tom Hamilton wonders whether the tourists are being underestimated in New Zealand.

Tour Diary - Day 1

After making the trip from London, Dubai and Melbourne the Lions touched down in Auckland. ESPN's Tom Hamilton was there to give his first tour diary.

What is it like playing under Gatland?

Adam Jones, who played under Lions coach Warren Gatland for Wales, lifts the lid on what it's like to play under his guidance.

Adam Jones' 5 Lions to watch

Adam Jones lists the players the British and Irish Lions will need to be aware of if they want to secure victory in New Zealand.

Adam Jones' 5 All Blacks to watch

Adam Jones lists the players the Lions will need to be aware of if they want to secure victory in New Zealand.

Lions Memories: Martin Johnson

Lions legend Martin Johnson looks back to 1997 for his fondest memory of wearing the famous red jersey.

Lions Memories: Richie McCaw

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw looks back to 2005 in Wellington when his New Zealand side faced the Lions in a defining Test match.

Lions Memories: Gareth Edwards

Welsh legend Gareth Edwards represented the Lions 10 times, he spoke to us about his fondest moment.

Lions Memories: Warren Gatland

Lions coach Warren Gatland looks back to 2013 to when his team had just clinched a memorable series win over Australia.

At home with Anthony Watson

Akin Solanke-Caulker sat down with the England and Lions wing to discuss Lions selection, Eddie Jones and haircuts.

Rewind: Previous Lions Tours

1904: The tourists who awoke the beast

The Lions from the start confronted issues which complicate their existence, and in some cases have persisted to this day. Not the least of their difficulties was raising a half-decent team. The time taken to travel to and from New Zealand in the age before air travel meant that the only players who could accept a tour invitation were those who could afford several months off work.

1908: An unmitigated shambles

The 1908 tour of New Zealand is something of an anomaly. The squad was described, correctly, at the time as an Anglo-Welsh team. It played in red shirts with white hoops and attempted to counter the haka with a 'war cry' consisting of the words "Rule Britannia, Cymru am Byth (both repeated three times) hip, hip, hurrah (also repeated three times)".

1930: The tour remembered most for its manager Bim Baxter

Some Lions tours are associated with particular players, often captains, in the way that the undefeated 1974 team in South Africa will for ever more be identified with Willie John McBride. With others it is coaches -- Carwyn James in 1971 or Clive Woodward in 2005. But the 1930 party which visited New Zealand is remembered most of all for its manager, the forthright James 'Bim' Baxter.

1950: The Lions who revitalised New Zealand rugby

The team of 1950 were the first modern Lions, recognisable except in the matter of playing 30 matches to the eyes of 2017. They adopted the red shirts which are now as synonymous with them as gold is with Australian rugby and Brazilian football, also late adopters. And they were much more representative than their predecessors of the strength of British and Irish rugby.

1959: 'Attacking, silly rugby' that won Kiwi hearts

No British & Irish Lions party can have departed with less reason to hope, but few have returned to greater acclaim than Ronnie Dawson's 1959 team. They did not win the Test series, but could claim to have got closer to beating New Zealand than any of their predecessors.

1966: 'Haphazard' Lions continue decade to forget

The 1966 Lions could have got everything right and still lost their Test series against the All Blacks. By ultimately they were the co-conspirators in their own downfall.

1971: The Lions that stand alone in history

The Lions team of 1971 stands out from the other 11 which have visited New Zealand by virtue of one fact -- they won.

1977: Injuries, intolerable hope & relations

Measured purely by results the 1977 British & Irish Lions were among the most successful visitors to New Zealand, winning one Test out of four and coming within minutes of sharing the series. But it certainly was not seen that way at the time. Few if any Lions teams have been quite such a disappointment.

1983: The tour that began in hope but ended in calamity

The 1983 Lions tour of New Zealand looks to modern eyes like a marathon, an 18-match expedition including four tests. But to contemporaries, not least the Lions management team of Willie John McBride and coach Jim Telfer, who had been team-mates on the 35-match trip to New Zealand, Australia and Canada in 1966, it looked more like a sprint.

1993: The tour of great missed opportunity

The 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand, the first for a decade, the last by players who were still officially amateur and the first since 1908 with only three Tests rather than four, comes into the category of 'missed opportunities'. Like the squad who visited Australia four years earlier they went into the final Test with a chance to win the series, but they didn't.

2005: The tour that threatened the Lions' existence

The most recent British & Irish Lions trip to New Zealand is by definition the most vividly remembered, not least by those of us who were lucky enough to be there. Yet it was at the time a venture whose failure, with a comprehensive whitewashing in the tests, seemed to threaten the future of the Lions.