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Ten of the Best: Action Photos

Ten of the Best: Action Photos

Maro Itoje attacks the New Zealand defensive line

Every British & Irish Lions Tour features iconic images that soon become part of the rich history that is remembered fondly by rugby fans around the world.

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And the 2017 Tour to New Zealand, eventually drawn 1-1 after a nerve-shreddingly tense 15-15 stalemate in Auckland, is no different.

From the Lions 13-7 victory over the New Zealand Barbarians to the final whistle at Eden Park, more than 40 players got their chance to wear the famous red jersey.

We’ve compiled just a short selection of images that stood out to us following the Tour which depict all that is great about the Lions and their values, from respect and friendship to discipline and integrity.

Taulupe Faletau demonstrated all his powerful and agility to make this break against the NZ Barbarians in the Lions opening match.

Jonathan Sexton makes a kick for position against the Blues in the Lions second match as the rain poured down in Auckland.

Winger Anthony Watson is in full flow as he bursts away from the Crusaders defence with CJ Stander doing his best to offer support.

Captain Sam Warburton stretches for the line against the Highlanders to earn a vital score for the Lions.

The Lions attack clicked against the Maori All Blacks with Sean O’Brien making this excellent offload to keep the visitors powering forward during their 32-10 win.

All eyes were on Courtney Lawes as he took this lineout against the Chiefs, plenty of Lions fans were in the stands as the forwards made vital gains.

Rhys Webb touched down with the final play of the game in the first Test against New Zealand, the morale-boosting score proved key for the Lions heading into the final three matches.

Tommy Seymour was the Lions leading try-scorer during the Tour including a pair for the Scottish wing in the 31-31 draw with the Highlanders.

The Lions were trailing 18-9 when Taulupe Faletau crossed in the corner for the Lions with an hour played of the second Test which the Lions went on to win 24-21.

The deciding Test couldn’t have been closer but Owen Farrell held his nerve to nail four penalties to secure a 15-15 draw with last one coming just three minutes from the final whistle.

 

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