The British and Irish Lions have announced the fixtures, dates and locations for their 2017 tour of New Zealand as the Lions kick-off their 12th tour with a game against a New Zealand Provincial Union Team at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.
The Lions will play six warm-up games before they face the All Blacks in the opening game of the series at Eden Park in Auckland on the 24th of June and will play all New Zealand Super Rugby franchises, as well as the New Zealand Maori team over the course of the tour.
The Lions will play the Hurricanes in Wellington just three days before the second test in the nation’s capital before returning to Auckland for the third and final test at Eden Park.
The Lions have historically struggled in New Zealand with just one series win against the mighty All Blacks coming in 1971, when John Dawes and Carwyn James led a Welsh heavy side to a 2-1 series win.
The All Blacks boast an impressive 84% win record against the Lions, winning 29 out of their 35 encounters with the best of the the best from the home nations, and the Lions will be eager to erase memories of their last trip to New Zealand in 2005, a 3-0 series whitewash that has been widely remembered for the Brian O’Driscoll spear tackle and the New Zealanders complete and utter domination of Clive Woodward’s side.
Lions fans will be hoping for much better fortunes this time around as supporters can now begin to plan their trip of what should be another fantastic Lions tour.