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Lions to sweep for bugs before All Blacks test

Bugged: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and his team leave the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay after the listening ...

​The British and Irish Lions have asked their security team to sweep their hotel rooms for listening devices in an effort to eradicate the risk of espionage ahead of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Second-string Lions step up in Chiefs win

Jack Nowell scored twice for the Lions.

HAMILTON: British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is tipping plenty of lively debate in Wednesday's Test selection meeting after his supposed second-string troops outclassed the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton.

Lions set to make shock call on skipper

Many leaders: Owen Farrell, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray celebrate after defeating the Crusaders.

Peter O'Mahony, the Ireland flanker, has emerged as the leading contender to captain the British and Irish Lions in the opening Test match against the All Blacks on -Saturday. His leadership skills were endorsed yesterday by assistant coach Andy Farrell.

All Blacks far superior to Super Rugby, says Hansen

Fraying around the edges: The Lions leave the pitch after their loss to the Blues in midweek.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, who has named a 33-man squad rich in quality and potency, said that he had yet to detect any X-factor in the Lions and warned Warren Gatland that if he thinks there is little difference between Super Rugby and internationals he is in a for a rude awakening.

All Blacks skipper Read out of Samoa Test

Frustrating period: Kieran Read.

Injured All Blacks captain Kieran Read has ruled himself out of the season-opening Test against Samoa, leaving him in a race to be fit to face the British and Irish Lions.

Lowly Blues humble Lions

Dejected Lions players walk from the field after their 22-16 loss to the Blues at Eden Park.

Auckland Blues five-eighth Ihaia West scored a brilliant 75th-minute try to consign the British and Irish Lions to a 22-16 loss in the second game of their 10-match tour of New Zealand at Eden Park on Wednesday.

Gatland playing the long game to defeat All Blacks

Lions coach Warrren Gatland receives a tradition hongi welcome at Auckland International Airport,

​British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland admits losing a mid-week game or two "isn't the end of the world" as his Test selection focuses on claiming their second ever series win on New Zealand soil.