Or perhaps more accurately team of the week-end? Plenty of games and performances to go through, but here are the standouts from the first weekend of the June test programme.
A superb match in Brisbane was the highlight of the weekend amidst some pretty ordinary stuff from some big names and a near-upset in Osaka. Match reviews take one inside.
With so many big games on deck this weekend it’s best to split the previews into two parts. Here’s the heads up on the first four matches worth checking out.
The Lions coasted through a maddeningly underwhelming Western Force side, and Canada claimed a well-deserved and hard-fought victory over Fiji on Wednesday. Brief reports and all the numbers are inside.
Two mid-week games entertain us until the massive weekend ahead. The Lions officially get their Australia tour underway against the Force, while Canada host Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup action.
Unfortunately the England match wasn’t televised, but here’s the run down on the three international matches that were this past weekend. Some good stuff from Fiji and two Lions sides.
These ones too! The basic numbers you need to know about the Barbarians and the British & Irish Lions players. The list will be updated as the tour goes on!
On we go to week two of our immensely busy mid-year international schedule. Three games on tap this week, with the highlight surely the return of everyone’s favourite touring side.
After a difficult session of adjudicating the merits of the forwards, we now examine those of the contenders in the backs. It’s a little easier to do, but only just!
With the Six Nations wrapped up and most of the key rugby now behind us, we can now take a closer look at the Lions contenders. Part one, the forwards.