Offers, Markets, Odds for The British and Irish Lions Tour New Zealand 2017
Since the first Lions tour, albeit unsanctioned, of 250 days back in 1888 -1889 there has been something special about the tours along with being the pinnacle of a rugby player’s career, is it pride, passion, tradition and honour or just the best rugby on the planet!
So what are the Lions, well for the uninitiated The British & Irish Lions is a rugby union team consisting of players selected from the Home Nations who are eligible to represent their country – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Being a Test side, international players are generally selected, however, selections can be made of uncapped players available to any one of the four rugby unions.
Every four years there is a tour of one of three southern hemisphere nations - Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa who rotate as hosts. South Africa was the hosting nation back in 2009, while 2013 it was the turn of Australia and now 2017 is the turn of New Zealand.
The tours include 3 tests as well as games against the best provincial, club sides and special selects the host nation has to offer.
The New Zealand tour will consist of 10 matches in total with the all important tests being held on the 24th June, 1st and 8th of July.
This tour is to expected to be the toughest test of all as held in a rugby mad nation against the current world champions and the world's no1 the mighty All Blacks
To put into perspective just how tough a series this will be, only once has a Lions team won one series in New Zealand (1971) out of eleven attempts and a paltry return of 6 wins and 3 draws out of 38 tests.
41 players have been selected to represent the Lions, 4 more that toured Australia four years ago. The breakdown by country is 15 Englishmen, 12 Welshmen, 11 Irishmen and just three Scots.
The Lions have departed these shores with 20 tonnes of luggage and equipment, 150 balls, 2,250 rolls of medical tape, 500 jerseys - two per player per game and of course 'BIL' the official mascot (stuffed toy lion toy) with his very own passport!
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