British and Irish Lions 2017 squad announcement: When is it, what are the fixture dates and how can I get tickets?

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When and where will the squad be named?

Head coach Warren Gatland will name his Lions squad on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at the Hilton London Syon Park. 

Recent announcements have come after the European Champions Cup semi-finals. This year, however, Gatland will name his touring party before the semis take place.

What time will the squad be announced?

Midday. We'll be covering it live, right here. 

When does the tour actually start?

The tour begins on June 3 when the Lions take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei.

What TV channel will the matches be on?

All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports and Sky Sports HD as well as SkyGo, the online media player. talkSPORT will be providing live UK radio commentary of all matches including the Tests.

There are no plans for any terrestrial highlights or internet streaming outside of Sky's coverage.

What is the full set of Lions fixtures?

Lions tour to New Zealand 2017 - fixtures

Who will be on the plane to New Zealand?

That's the question on everyone's lips. It looks like bad news for some of England's best players, with Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Chris Robshaw likely to miss out.

Here's our final verdict on the 37-man squad, compiled a day before the announcement. 

Who's on the plane?

Who is on the coaching team?

Graham Rowntree and Neil Jenkins have recently been confirmed as the final part of the British & Irish Lions coaching team.

Welshman Jenkins and Englishman Rowntree will, along with fellow coaches Steve Borthwick, Andy Farrell and Rob Howley, complete the team headed by Gatland.

What does the Lions jersey look like?

Lions jersey
Lions jersey

How can I get tickets?

Around 30,000 fans are expected to make the trip. Tickets for the three Test series range from £79 to £239 while the games against the Super Rugby teams, Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Provincial Barbarians go from £20 from £70.

For those wanting to support the Lions all information about tickets, packages and accommodation are available through by logging on to

New Zealand rugby fans have created an initiative to host British & Irish Lions supporters who are unable to find accommodation.

A Facebook page called Adopt a Lions Fan 2017 has been created by Adam Glishnan after he realised that many Lions supporters cannot attend the tour due to lack of accommodation options. Over 100 participants have since posted on the page.

"I really hope friendships will develop out of this, because rugby is a great vehicle for it," Glishnan told The Guardian.

"We don't want money to change hands at all, we want visitors to experience the famed Kiwi hospitality, and give Kiwi rugby fans to opportunity to look after their Lions guests."

The majority of hotels in cities that are hosting the Tests are 90 per cent booked and services like AirBnb are offering rooms for prices as high as £670 pounds a night.

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What are the best odds?

New Zealand to win series 2/7

Draw 40/1

Lions to win series 7/2

Lions record in New Zealand

Facts and figures | Lions in New Zealand


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