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When Is The Lions Tour? - Dates, Venues And Fixtures

When Is The Lions Tour? - Dates, Venues And Fixtures

When is the Lions tour of New Zealand, you ask? Well, Balls.ie has all the relevant information on where and when to watch each respective fixture.

The British and Irish lions will travel to the southern hemisphere for their most grueling test to date with over the ten fixtures in the space of five weeks. The first game of the tour will take place just four days after the Guinness Pro 12 and Aviva Premiership finals conclude - which adds another dimension to preparation.

The extra burden of games leaves coach Warren Gatland with a selection conundrum - whether or not to bring more than 35 players. Such a sheer volume of matches would suggest that he may be forced to.

Gatland will be wary of the unmitigated disaster which was the Lions tour of New Zealand in 2005. Twelve years ago, Clive Woodward brought 51 players and a large backroom  which only proved detrimental to the teams test fixtures against the All Blacks.

The current Wales coach is expected to name his team after the RBS Six Nations concludes in March. Keep an eye out here and the Balls.ie rugby section for the latest Ireland and Lions news.

British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour Fixtures: 

Saturday 3rd June - vs Provincial Union - Toll Stadium, Whangarei

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Wednesday 7th June - vs Blues - Eden Park, Auckland

Saturday 10th June - vs Crusaders - AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Tuesday 13th June - vs Highlanders - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dundenin

Saturday 17th June - vs Maori All Blacks - Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

Tuesday 20th June - vs Chiefs - Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Saturday 24th June - vs All Blacks - Eden Park, Auckland

Tuesday 27th June - vs Hurricanes - Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Saturday 1st July - vs All Blacks - Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Saturday 8th July - vs All Blacks - Eden Park, Auckland

TV schedules will be updated here frequently so hopefully you needn't have to ponder the question 'when is the lions tour ?' again.

Darren Holland