Can I still buy tickets for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand and how else can I watch it?

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The British and Irish Lions are bidding to complete back-to-back series victories  - PA Wire

With just under two weeks left until the first Test of the British and Irish Lions series in New Zealand time is running out to buy tickets and watch the opening action in person.

The Lions are bidding for their first ever series win in New Zealand, 12 years after last facing the All Blacks in a 3-0 whitewash defeat under Sir Clive Woodward.

20,000 British and Irish Lions supporters are expected to follow the tour which starts on June 3 and ends on July 7.

Tickets for the much-anticipated series are fast-running out, with the official website for the DHL series showing that all three Tests have sold out. 

Sam Warburton will captain the Lions for the second successive tour  Credit: REX 

"A small number of tickets may become available at a later date but this is not guaranteed," reads a line below the match schedule. 

There is also limited availability for the seven warm-up matches against New Zealand's Super Rugby clubs.

However there are still a number of tour packages available to purchase on the official British and Irish Lions website.

A one-Test package including flights and accomodation in the Lions supporters village start from £2,649 per person, with tours to watch all three Tests starting from £3,229.

Third party ticket vendors like online site Viagogo are advertising seats for each Test for between £400 and £800.  

If you're not one of the lucky few have managed to secure tickets, you can watch the whole tour, from warm-up matches to Tests, on Sky Sports this summer.

All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports and Sky Sports HD as well as SkyGo, the online media player.

Alex Payne (left) will be presenting Sky Sports' coverage of the Lions' tour to New Zealand  Credit: Getty Images

Those who prefer radio will be happy to learn talkSPORT will be providing live UK commentary of all matches including the Tests.

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

You'll also be able to follow live updates from all Lions matches right here.

A Facebook page has been set up by local All Blacks fans offering Lions supporters cheap accommodation during their trip around New Zealand.

The "Adopt a Lions Fan 2017" Facebook page has been created after concerns were raised over affordable places to stay for travelling fans.

"I really hope friendships will develop out of this, because rugby is a great vehicle for it," said the page's creator, Adam Gilshnan.

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

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