2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand


2017 Lions Tour

Rugby’s elite from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will put regional rivalries aside and join forces to take on New Zealand for a month of union action. Fans will have ample opportunity for Lions Tour betting, with the United Kingdom’s best playing six provincial matches against union teams from across the country. Stay tuned for the latest news, match schedules and odds.

Facts about Lions Tour

  • The Tom Richards Trophy is named after the only player in history to have represented both the Wallabies and Lions.
  • The nickname Lions was created during the inter-war period after the animal symbol worn on the players' jersey and lapel badges.
  • An estimated 50,000 Lions fans are expected to travel to Australia in support of their British and Irish lads.

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Lions Tour

The British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand 2017 is the official name given to the tour by the elite group of rugby union players from the four home unions – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The squad, most commonly referred to as simply The Lions, travel every four years on a rotational basis to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, thus the British and Irish Lions do battle with New Zealand's representative team once every 12 years.