British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand
2017

The British & Irish Lions are a team representing the 4 home unions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They tour the Southern Hemisphere every 4 years, rotating between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. 2013 is the turn of Australia.

Lions tours are keenly awaited as they are currently only ever in one of the countries every 12 years. They have a long and illustrious history and there is always the overriding clash of Northern Hemisphere versus Southern Hemisphere ideology.

The tour to New Zealand takes place in June and early July 2017 and the Super rugby tournament that is played at the same time has allowances made to the draw to provide for the New Zealand players and teams being involved in the Lions tour.

The tour will be played under 5 trial laws that are being used globally.

The 8 variations applying to the 5 laws being trialled are:

  • Uncontested scrums as a result of a sending off, temporary suspension or injury must be played with eight players per side.
  • If a penalty is kicked into touch after time has elapsed without touching another player, the referee allows the throw-in to be taken and play continues until the next time the ball becomes dead.
  • When there are multiple penalty infringements by the same team, the referee may allow the captain of the non-offending team to choose the most advantageous of the penalty marks.
  • If a player would probably have scored a try but for foul play by an opponent, a penalty try is awarded. No conversion is attempted.
  • A player who is attempting to bring the ball under control is deemed to be in possession of the ball.
  • If a player jumps and knocks the ball back into the playing area (or if that player catches the ball and throws it back into the playing area) before landing in touch or touch-in-goal, play continues regardless of whether the ball reaches the plane of touch.
  • If the ball-carrier reaches the plane of touch but returns the ball to the playing area without first landing in touch, play continues.
  • In this case, if the ball has passed the plane of touch when it is caught, then the catcher is not deemed to have taken the ball into touch. If the ball has not passed the plane of touch when it is caught or picked up, then the catcher is deemed to have taken the ball into touch, regardless of whether the ball was in motion or stationary.


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2017 British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand


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July 1

July 8

Provincial Union XV

Blues

Crusaders

Highlanders

NZ Maori

Chiefs

New Zealand

Hurricanes

New Zealand

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Lions

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Whangarei

Auckland

Christchurch

Dunedin

Rotorua

Hamilton

Auckland

Wellington

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Auckland

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