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Lions Squad

When does the Tour start?

The Lions will travel to New Zealand on May 29 with their first Tour game taking place on June 3 against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.

How long does the Tour last?

The Tour will last six weeks, culminating with a three-Test series against the All Blacks. There are five Tour matches against Super Rugby opposition and an encounter with the Maori All Blacks. The first Test, which will take place in Auckland on June 24 with the second on July 1 and the third on July 8.

Who are the Head Coach and Tour Captain?

Warren Gatland is the Head Coach, while the Lions are captained for the second time by Wales flanker Sam Warburton. The same duo oversaw a series victory in Australia in 2013.

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Who is in the Lions squad?

A 41-man squad in April for the Tour was named on April 19.

Warburton is joined by 15 other players who were in the squad in Australia. England lock Maro Itoje is the youngest member of the squad, while Alun-Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny will both be touring for the third time as Lions.

Can I travel to New Zealand?

There is still availability for Lions fans who want to join the Tour. You can find out more about Official Supporter Tours here: https://tours.lionsrugby.com/

If I’m in the UK or Ireland, where can I watch the matches on TV?

Every game kicks off at 8.35am UK and Ireland time, which is 7.35pm New Zealand time. Fans at home can watch the Tour on television in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports while talkSPORT will provide radio coverage.

The Tour will also be available to watch around the world: http://m3j6m6m9.ssl.hwcdn.net/2017-tour/broadcast/

How can I get team announcements and the latest news?

Fans of the Lions can follow all the latest news and get team announcements first using a variety of different channels with the Official Lions App, Email Newsletters and official Lions social channels all providing a mix of news and feature content throughout the Tour.

Download the app on Android or iTunes, sign up for the newsletter and make sure you follow all the social channels so that you don’t miss any details of the Tour: http://m3j6m6m9.ssl.hwcdn.net/social-media/

Lions Social Media channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn

When does the Test series start?

There are three Test matches in total with the first set to played on June 24 at Eden Park in Auckland, before the Lions head to Wellington for the second Test on July 1.

They will then return to Auckland for the final Test of the series, back at Eden Park.

Where can I get my Lions jersey?

Those who want to show their support both in New Zealand and back home can head to the Lions Store to purchase a wide range of different merchandise available, from replica jerseys, supporters’ scarves and even rugby balls.

Tour Fixtures

June 3
New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off: 7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Toll Stadium, Whangarei

June 7
Blues v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

June 10
Crusaders v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

June 13
Highlanders v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

June 17
Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

June 20
Chiefs v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: FMG Stadium, Hamilton

June 24
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

June 27
Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

July 1
New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

July 8
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Kick-off:
7.35pm New Zealand time, 8.35am UK & Ireland time
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

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