British and Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions are a Rugby Union team made up of players from four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They compete wearing the now famous red jersey every four years to take on the best Southern Hemisphere Rugby Union has to offer.


Eddie Jones: England will be pride of Lions but should not get distracted

England rugby manager Eddie Jones in the stands

Eddie Jones expects England to provide at least 15 players in the British and Irish Lions’ squad – almost half the touring party to New Zealand next year – and will regard it as a personal failure if that target is not reached. But the Australian also warned his players that unless they maintained the required standard for England and avoid letting the Lions tour to the home of the world champions become a distraction they risk missing out altogether on Warren Gatland’s selection.

Warren Gatland singles out Dylan Hartley as possible Lions captain

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland during the press conference

Warren Gatland says he will not favour his Wales players when selecting his British and Irish Lions squad and has backed England’s Dylan Hartley as a possible captain for next summer’s tour to New Zealand. Gatland, who has been reappointed as head coach, is also adamant the Lions can upset the current world champions and win the three-Test series.

Stan Hodgson obituary


My friend Stan Hodgson, who has died aged 86, played his entire rugby union career for Durham City, appeared 11 times for England, and toured with the British Lions in South Africa.

Time for talk is over; the Lions must deliver

12 years have passed and yet once again, it all comes down to Sydney. When the Lions take on Australia tomorrow at the ANZ stadium, it will be almost a carbon copy of the situation we found ourselves in back then.