British and Irish Lions timeline: How the tour has unfolded


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30 April: Sam captain; Wilko out

Welshman Sam Warburton is named Lions captain as Warren Gatland names his 37-man squad. In-form Jonny Wilkinson turns down a call, while Chris Robshaw is also omitted.

25 May: Hartley ruled out

Northampton captain, Dylan Hartley, is sent off in the Premiership final, earning an 11-week ban ruling him out of the tour.

1 June: Baa-Baas beaten

Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert both score twice as the Lions open the tour with a 59-8 win over the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

5 June: Win over Western

Brian O’Driscoll shines as Western Force are overwhelmed 69-17 in Perth. Leigh Halfpenny is in commanding form with the boot, landing 11 from 11. Cian Healy is ruled out of the tour with an ankle injury, but is cleared of biting.

8 June: Queensland questions

The Lions struggle on their first real test of the tour, eking out a 22-12 win over Queensland Reds. Ben Youngs went over after a stunning effort from Luke Morahan for the hosts, while Owen Farrell scored 17 points with the boot. Manu Tuilagi and Tommy Bowe were both forced off through injury in Brisbane.

11 June: Combined walkover

Ten tries scored but the Lions fall short of the expected century score with a 64-0 thrashing of a Combine Country XV. George North goes over twice but the Lions fail to maintain the pace after the interval.

15 June: Waratahs victory

Halfpenny continues his fine form with a record 30 points as the New South Wales Waratahs are beaten 47-17 in Sydney. An assured display is soured when Jamie Roberts is forced off with a leg injury.

18 June: Blitzed by Brumbies

The Lions suffer their first provincial defeat in 16 years as they slump to a 14-12 reverse against the Brumbies in Canberra. Tevita Kuridrani goes over for the hosts as Stuart Hogg twice hits the post with kicks for an inexperienced Lions side, featuring surprise inclusion, Welsh veteran Shane Williams.