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Crusaders shaping as unofficial 'fourth Test" for Lions

Former British & Irish Lion Stuart Barnes believes the Lions game against the Crusaders is shaping as the fourth Test of the DHL New Zealand Lions 2017 series.
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Rugby 2017 Festival programme launched

The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 is set to be just as exciting off the field with the Rugby 2017 Festival providing a host of activities across the country in June and July.
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All Blacks are mortals - English critic

Ridding Sam Warburton's British & Irish Lions team of the hype associated with 'sentimentality and glorious failure' from earlier Lions tours will be vital to the side's hopes of success in New Zealand.
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Lions will need to be clever to win - McGeechan

Former Lion and British & Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan says the All Blacks should not be taking Sam Warburton's side for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series lightly.
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Lions will bludgeon to blunt the rapier - UK view

New Zealand won't be able to compete with the depth in the British & Irish Lions squad for the DHL New Zealand Lions series.
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Fitzpatrick: Lions have strongest possible team

Former captain Sean Fitzpatrick, who led the All Blacks to a 2-1 series win over the British & Irish Lions in 1993 believes coach Warren Gatland has selected the strongest possible team to make this year's tour.
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'The Lions can wait' - Whitelock ahead of Stormers

Firmly established in the New Zealand rugby fold until 2020, All Blacks lock and Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock is keeping the lid on his emotions surrounding the forthcoming international campaign in order to get through some key Investec Super Rugby games first.
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Lions Squad: The world reacts

The rugby world has been in a frenzy since the 41-man British & Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand was named overnight (NZT).
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Lions must take on All Blacks in the loose - Winterbottom

Taking the game to the All Blacks in the loose will be vital for the British & Irish Lions, according to two-time Lions tourist to New Zealand Peter Winterbottom.
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Sexton will be a target in NZ - Best

Former Lions assistant coach, and England coach, Dick Best believes potential British & Irish Lions first five-eighths Johnny Sexton will be a 'casualty in waiting' in New Zealand.
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McCaw - Farrell looks a bit like Carter

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw believes there is a bit of the look of old team-mate Dan Carter about England's five-eighths Owen Farrell.
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Ellis Park, 2013 was Nigel Owens' favourite Test

Rugby's top referee Nigel Owens rates the 2013 Investec Rugby Championship Test between the All Blacks and South Africa the best game he has refereed.
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Provincial Barbarians squad for opening match of DHL NZ Lions Series named

All corners of New Zealand are set to be represented when the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians open the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 on 3 June in Whangarei.
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SA Rugby in for long haul with Sanzaar

South Africa Rugby is committed to continuing to play its rugby under Sanzaar.
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