The Lions Begins – Fixtures & Results (Updating)

The Games Begin

It’s finally here, The British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand officially starts this Saturday morning when the Lions take on the Provincial NZ Barbarians. They have a few weeks of warm-up games before their first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on the 24th of June. By the end of the tour, The Lions will have played every NZ Super Rugby team and the All Blacks three times.

NZ Provincial Barbarians 7 v BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 13 – June 3rd – 08:35 UK Time

Toll Stadium, Whangarei

The first game is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the tour and The Lions should have no problem dispatching the smaller NZ equivalent to the iconic Barbarians. But this will be no walkover. The NZ Barbarians features a number of Super Rugby regulars as well as Lions Coach, Warren Gatland’s own son.

The Lions have picked all 3 of the touring Scottish players in a side that is by no means the B-team despite the absence of some key players. Lions Captain, Sam Warburton, will also be taking to the field.

RS Prediction: 30 – 12 to the Lions

Lions Starting XV S Hogg; A Watson, J Joseph, B Te’o, T Seymour; J Sexton, G Laidlaw; J Marler, R Best, K Sinckler, AW Jones, I Henderson, R Moriarty, S Warburton, T Faletau.

NZ Provincial Barbarians Starting XVL Laulala; S Vaka, I Finau, D Sweeney, S Reece, B Gatland, J Stratton, A Ross, S Anderson-Heather, O Jager, J Goodhue, K Mewett, J Tucker, L Boshier, M Dunshea.

BLUES 22 V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 16 – June 7th – 08:35 UK Time

Eden Park, Auckland

RS Prediction: 15 – 20 to the Lions

Lions Starting XV: Leigh Halfpenny; Jack Nowell, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Elliot Daly; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Jack McGrath, Ken Owens (capt), Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Justin Tipuric, CJ Stander

Blues Starting XV: Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, George Moala, Sonny Bill Williams Rieko Ioane, Stephen Perofeta, Augustine Pulu; Ofa Tu’ungafasi, James Parsons (capt), Charlie Faumuina, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Scott Scrafton, Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson, Steven Luatua

CRUSADERS 3 V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 12 – June 10th – 08:35 UK Time

AMI Stadium, Christchurch

RS Prediction: 15-12 to Crusaders

Lions Starting XV: S Hogg; G North, J Davies; B Te’o, L Williams; O Farrell; C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong; AW Jones (capt), G Kruis; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, T Faletau

Crusaders Starting XV: I Dagg, S Tamanivalu, J Goodhue, D Havili, G Bridge, R Mo’unga, B Hall, J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, L Romano, S Whitelock (capt), H Bedwell-Curtis, M Todd, J Taufua

HIGHLANDERS 23 V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 22 – June 13th – 08:35 UK Time

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

RS Prediction: 20 – 15 to The Lions

Highlanders Starting XV: Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi, Alex Ainley, Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock

Lions Starting XV: Jared Payne, Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler; Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson, James Haskell, Sam Warburton (C), CJ Stander.

MAORI ALL BLACKS 10 V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 32 – June 17th – 08:35 UK Time

Rotorua International Stadium

RS Prediction: 20 – 25 to The Lions

Maori Starting XV: J Lowe; N Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, C Ngatai, R Ioane; D McKenzie, T Kerr-Barlow; K Hames, A Dixon (capt), B May, J Wheeler, T Franklin, A Ioane, E Dixon, L Messam.

Lions Starting XV:  L Halfpenny, A Watson, J Davies, B Te’o, G North, Sexton, C Murray, M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong, M Itoje, G Kruis, P O’Mahony (capt), S O’Brien, T Faletau

CHIEFS 6 V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS 34 – June 20th – 08:35 UK Time

FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

RS Prediction: 22 – 10 to The Lions

Chiefs Starting XV: S Stevenson; T Pulu, T Nanai-Williams, J Fa’auli, S Alaimalo; S Donald (capt), F Christie; S Fisiihoi, L Polwart, N Laulala, D Bird, M Allardice, M Brown, L Boshier, T Sanders.

Lions Starting XV: L Williams; J Nowell, J Payne, R Henshaw, E Daly; D Biggar, G Laidlaw; J Marler, R Best (capt), D Cole, I Henderson, C Lawes, J Haskell, J Tipuric, C Stander.

All BlacksBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – June 24th – 08:35 UK Time

Eden Park, Auckland

RS Prediction: 20-10 to the All Blacks

All Blacks Starting XV: B Smith; I Dagg, R Crotty, SB Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (capt)

Lions Starting XV: L Williams; A Watson, J Davies, B Te’o, E Daly; O Farrell, C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong; AW Jones, G Kruis; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, T Faletau

HURRICANESBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – June 27th – 08:35 UK Time

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

RS Prediction: TBC

Starting XVs: TBC

All Blacks BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – July 1st – 08:35 UK Time

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

RS Prediction: TBC

Starting XVs: TBC

All Blacks V BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS – July 8th – 08:35 UK Time

Eden Park, Auckland

RS Prediction: TBC

Starting XVs: TBC

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