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FT Rugby: The British and Irish Lions Tour 2013

Game on

A modern Lions tour may be a far cry from the amateur era but it remains the high point of any player’s career

Highest honour in history

Lions tours have always been more about the occasion than the results, but rare series wins will long be cherished

Tour de force

Transporting a modern-day rugby squad, its equipment and support staff between continents involves some serious military-style planning

Australia: Testing times

The Australian rugby union is facing challenges while the Lions tour is having a positive influence on the popularity of the sport

Column: Poms Down Under

Any match between the British and the Australians helps fuel the most potent of rivalries

Captain cool

Sam Warburton does not thump tables but leads by example with a quiet resolve

Lions player profiles: In the running

The squad gives the Lions head coach some tough decisions to make on key positions

Wallabies player profiles: Solid ground

A core of experienced players will be supplemented by exciting and youthful talent

Promotional push

Lions tours are shortlived and expensive, which makes getting sponsors onside all the more crucial

Sean Fitzpatrick of New Zealand
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Lion heart

All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick was in awe when, as a boy, he first saw the British and Irish Lions