You won’t miss a thing, Lions fans!
SO THIS is it. After four years waiting, the dormant beast that is the British & Irish Lions awakens for the toughest assignment of all: beating the All Blacks in their own backyard.
With a fixture list Sir Graham Henry called “suicidal”, the Lions will play six games, many against sides tearing up Super Rugby, before taking on Steve Hansen’s merry men. Oh, and two Tests are at a ground (Eden Park) where New Zealand haven’t lost since 1994!
Tough, but the powers-that-be should do all they can to keep the tours at ten games – just with sorely-needed extra preparation time. Surely it isn’t too much to ask for fl exibility once every four years.
Rugby World’s elite squad will be out in New Zealand covering every blade of grass so that you, the readers, don’t miss a thing and in this issue we have enough Lions trivia and analysis to turn you into a Grade A rugby smartarse.
We have a shiny wallchart to keep track of results, 21 pages of squad profi les, and interviews with the stars who could determine the series: Owen Farrell (P42), George North (P38), Stuart Hogg (P74) and All Blacks’ conjurer-in- chief, Ben Smith (P46). All in all, it’s an essential companion to the tour.
We hope you enjoy the issue.