Lions tour: Tour Diary
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's not these guys' fault they got called up, they were hardly going to turn down the chance to play for the Lions but I know if I was an Irish player in Japan, I would've swum to New Zealand, if it meant I got the chance to play a minute for the Lions," former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan says of Warren Gatland's controversial call-ups.
VIEW FROM THE NORTH
"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 as his leadership skills were endorsed by assistant coach Andy Farrell," writes Gavin Mairs in the Telegraph.
BET OF THE DAY
Moving ahead to the first test at Eden Park on Saturday, why not bank on the Lions to score the first points courtesy of a penalty goal, which is available at $2.80.
LOOK OUT FOR
Anything red flying British and Irish colours, as more scores of Lions fans, former players and coaches descend on New Zealand ahead of the test series.
MAN OF THE MOMENT
Warren Gatland and his Hamilton homecoming against the Chiefs on Tuesday is just that extra bit special for the Lions coach.