British & Irish Lions Tour 2017 live on Sky Sports

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One of the highlights of the 2017 sporting calendar is here as the British and Irish Lions get their long-awaited tour of New Zealand underway and Sky Sports will be the only place to see every game live.

Formed once every four years, the Lions bring together the finest players from the United Kingdom and Ireland, who this year will play matches against New Zealand’s club sides and three Tests against the imperious All Blacks.

Lions fans will have a good memory of the last trip down under, during which the side defeated Australia in a thrilling series, but their last visit to New Zealand 12 years ago was not so fruitful, as they were swept aside 3-0 in one of the lowest points in the team’s history.

Now is the chance to make amends and a recent resurgence in northern hemisphere rugby means that Warren Gatland has one of the best squads in years, which includes an exciting mix of previous tour veterans and talented rookies.

This year’s tour is one of the most highly-anticipated yet, as the Lions are faced with perhaps the toughest opponents anywhere in sport. The All Blacks boast an iconic status, famed for the unique pre-match haka and their seemingly never-ending dominance on the pitch.

They have won the last two World Cups, and have lost just twice in the past two years – a run stretching back 26 matches. Add to that their home advantage, and it is no surprise that they are the clear favourites for the three Tests.

But, as part of one of the strongest squads in years, the 41 visiting Lions should not be overawed. The challenge facing Warren Gatland’s men is immense, but the reward is even greater.

Victory will make them heroes, not just in their own nations but across all four that support the red jersey.

As ever, Gatland’s squad selection generated plenty of debate, and it will be fascinating to see how the Lions line up in the opening tour matches, followed by the three Test matches against the All Blacks in late June and early July.

There are few events in sport that generate the buzz of a Lions tour. The experience of Britain and Ireland’s finest rugby players putting rivalries aside to come together and face the best teams in the world is one that captivates even the most casual sports fan.

In its 129 year history, it has given rugby some of its most iconic moments, from the unbeaten 1974 ‘Invincibles’ to the stunning third Test victory over Australia in 2013.

It will be an exhilarating summer of Lions rugby union and all 10 matches will be live only on Sky Sports, while Welsh-language channel S4C will have exclusive free-to-air highlights throughout the entire tour.

Sky Sports will broadcast the entire 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand exclusively live throughout June and July.

The Lions will take on back-to-back world champions New Zealand in three Test matches, plus seven tour fixtures against the likes of the Maori All Blacks, the Crusaders and 2016 Super Rugby champions, the Hurricanes.

Now covering its seventh consecutive Lions Tour, a run which started with the victorious tour of South Africa in 1997, Sky Sports will again take rugby fans to every tour match and all three Tests as Warren Gatland’s men look to create history this summer.

The main Sky Sports presenting team will be based at Sky Studios in London throughout the six-week tour, led by presenter Alex Payne, with pundits including former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick, along with Lions legends Sir Ian McGeechan, Will Greenwood, Keith Wood and Ieuan Evans.

In New Zealand, Scott Quinnell will be in the thick of things as he travels around in Sky’s Fan Van talking to fans from both sides, including legendary names from All Blacks and Lions rugby.

Match commentary will be led for the seventh consecutive Lions Tour in a row on Sky Sports by its veteran duo of Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes, with touchline comments and interviews from Scott Quinnell, along with former All Blacks star Justin Marshall.

Alongside extensive TV coverage, Sky Sports will also bring fans closer to the Lions than ever before through its digital and social platforms, including its website – skysports.com/lions – while Sky subscribers will be able to watch live streaming via Sky Go.

The Lions will kick off their tour on June 3 when they take on a Provincial NZ side and the first Test will be on June 24 as they go in search of their first series win against the All Blacks since 1971.

The British and Irish Lions face the ultimate test this summer as they travel to New Zealand to take on the All Blacks and Welsh broadcaster S4C will be with them every step of the way with exclusive free-to-air highlights.

Following an agreement with live rights holders Sky Sports, the Welsh language broadcaster will screen highlights of all 10 fixtures, including the three test matches against the back-to-back world champions.

S4C’s highlights shows will be broadcast on the same day of each game with an evening transmission.

Catrin Heledd will lead the presentation team, while Gareth Rhys Owen and Wyn Gruffydd will share commentary duties.

S4C is available on all platforms in Wales and on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media all over the UK. A HD service can be viewed on a both the Sky and Freesat platforms.

SATURDAY 3rd JUNE

NZ Provincial Union XV v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE

Blues v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

SATURDAY 10th JUNE

Crusaders v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

TUESDAY 13th JUNE

Highlanders v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

SATURDAY 17th JUNE

Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

TUESDAY 20th JUNE

Chiefs v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

SATURDAY 24th JUNE

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour 1st Test

08:35

TUESDAY 27th JUNE

Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour Match

08:35

SATURDAY 1st JULY

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour 2nd Test

08:35

SATURDAY 8th JULY

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions
Lions Tour 3rd Test

08:35

One Comment

  1. C ongratulations on presentation of Lions Tour BUT please less endless chatter from Stuart Barnes (though he is knowledgeable) and let Miles Harrison get on with it. Ian McGeechan excellent, as is Will Greenwood. But Scott Quennell adds nothing of value – he just gables on(Gain line is old as the hills and irrerevant!) As a past amateur player with Northampton of the 1950’s it is good to view high class rugby. Thank you

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