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No team, let alone a British & Irish Lions team, was better prepared for a tour of New Zealand at the time of the 1971 visit.
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Blues confident systems can cope with Bulls

Up against their first South African side of the Investec Super Rugby season the Blues are looking to build on progress made against the Crusaders last week when meeting the Bulls in Albany on Saturday.
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Match officials for DHL NZ Lions Series confirmed

The road to the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 lifts up another notch with the appointment of a trio of experienced referees to control the three Test matches in the series. 

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No threat to Barbarians match from RFU

The All Blacks look set to take on the Barbarians in the first match of the 2017 Northern tour with New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew rejecting claims that the RFU (England Rugby) has attempted to block the fixture taking place.
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Hammington making most of late chance

Few players on the New Zealand scene have waited longer for their chance to play Investec Super Rugby than Highlanders back-up halfback Kayne Hammington.
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Crusaders wary of Force history

Facing the Force after their bye week had the Crusaders ready to expect anything when they meet in their Investec Super Rugby game in Christchurch on Friday evening.
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Matt Todd re-signs with BNZ Crusaders and NZ Rugby

New Zealand Rugby(NZR) and the BNZ Crusaders have secured the services of loose forward Matt Todd for another year, re-signing him to the end of the 2018 season.
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Canberra another tough test for Highlanders

Having endured one of the tougher starting schedules by playing all their New Zealand Conference rivals in the first four weeks of Investec Super Rugby, the Highlanders will have no respite in round five.
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Cowley-Tuioti stakes his claim

While his rise has leant towards the gradual rather than the meteoric Blues lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti has been making his mark as the hard grafter every side needs at its core.
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Super Rugby in numbers

After four rounds of Investec Super Rugby action, some interesting statistics and trends are emerging.
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The Lions Form XV - Round Five

Kieran Read is yet to pull on a rugby jersey this year but he’s confirmed, if he’s fit, to captain the All Blacks against the British & Irish Lions in June.
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