Where to watch the British and Irish Lions 2017

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Excitement is starting to build already in New Zealand for the return of the British and Irish Lions to Kiwi soil
for the first time in 12 years. The Lions tour the three major Southern Hemisphere teams of New Zealand, South Africa
and Australia once every four years so when they arrive, the whole country goes into Lions fever for a month. This year
the British and Irish Lions will be playing a total of ten matches up and down the country; seven warm up games against
New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams plus two special matches against the Maori All Blacks and a Provincial Union
XV. And then of course there is the small matter of the three Test matches against the mighty All Blacks to look forward
to.
Whether you have tickets for the Tests, a warm up game or you just plan on watching the game down the pub with your
mates, here’s what you need to know about the locations for the Lions matches 2017.

 

  Whangarei – Toll Stadium   The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour will open up in Whangarei at the recently redeveloped Toll Stadium as the Lions take on the Provincial Union XV. This promises to be a fantastic start to the tour and a sell-out 30,000 crowd is expected to cheers on the Provincial side, hoping to create an upset in the very first game of the tour.      

Whangarei – Toll Stadium

The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour will open up in Whangarei at the recently redeveloped Toll Stadium as the Lions
take on the Provincial Union XV. This promises to be a fantastic start to the tour and a sell-out 30,000 crowd is expected
to cheers on the Provincial side, hoping to create an upset in the very first game of the tour.

 

 

  Auckland - Eden Park   Auckland will host three matches in total during the 2017 Lions Tour of New Zealand including two out of the three Test matches. Eden Park is the country’s biggest stadium and so it makes sense to hold the Test matches there in order to allow as many people as possible to watch the spectacle of a Lions Test match. The first game at Eden Park will be the second warm up game of the tour and the Lions will take on the Auckland Blues. Historically the provincial teams have struggled to beat the Lions in the warm up matches but with a raising of the standard in the Super Rugby competition, these games are expected to provide a real test for the Lions this time around.  

Auckland - Eden Park

Auckland will host three matches in total during the 2017 Lions Tour of New Zealand including two out of the three Test
matches. Eden Park is the country’s biggest stadium and so it makes sense to hold the Test matches there in order to
allow as many people as possible to watch the spectacle of a Lions Test match. The first game at Eden Park will be the
second warm up game of the tour and the Lions will take on the Auckland Blues. Historically the provincial teams have
struggled to beat the Lions in the warm up matches but with a raising of the standard in the Super Rugby competition,
these games are expected to provide a real test for the Lions this time around.
 

  Christchurch - Ami Stadium   The last time the Lions toured New Zealand in 2005, Jade Stadium in Christchurch played host to a Test match, one that New Zealand won 21-3 to set the tone for the remaining Tests. Following the earthquakes in 2011, the capacity of what is now known as the AMI Stadium was dramatically reduced meaning it is no longer a viable option as a Test match venue with such a high demand for tickets. That doesn’t mean however that a sell-out crowd for the warm up match against the Crusaders will not generate a lively atmosphere for the visiting Lions. Christchurch will host the third warm up game of the Tour and the Lions are expected to be in full swing and experimenting with their line-up trying to finalise their strongest XV for the first Test.

Christchurch - Ami Stadium

The last time the Lions toured New Zealand in 2005, Jade Stadium in Christchurch played host to a Test match, one
that New Zealand won 21-3 to set the tone for the remaining Tests. Following the earthquakes in 2011, the capacity of
what is now known as the AMI Stadium was dramatically reduced meaning it is no longer a viable option as a Test
match venue with such a high demand for tickets. That doesn’t mean however that a sell-out crowd for the warm up
match against the Crusaders will not generate a lively atmosphere for the visiting Lions. Christchurch will host the third
warm up game of the Tour and the Lions are expected to be in full swing and experimenting with their line-up trying to
finalise their strongest XV for the first Test.

  Dunedin - Forsyth Barr Stadium   One of the highlights of a British and Irish Lions Tour is the fact that they travel and play all across New Zealand, giving rugby fans from North to South the opportunity to witness the games and feel what it’s like to be part of the atmosphere that surrounds a Lions tour. Dunedin will play host to the fourth warm up game of the tour when the Lions will take on the mighty Highlanders. They love their rugby down in the Otago region and another sell out is expected. Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium is a cracking place to watch a game of rugby and as the world’s only natural turf indoor arena, it creates quite an atmosphere. It will be the first time the Lions have played in the stadium and they can expect a raucous welcome from a partisan crowd.

Dunedin - Forsyth Barr Stadium

One of the highlights of a British and Irish Lions Tour is the fact that they travel and play all across New Zealand, giving
rugby fans from North to South the opportunity to witness the games and feel what it’s like to be part of the atmosphere
that surrounds a Lions tour. Dunedin will play host to the fourth warm up game of the tour when the Lions will take on
the mighty Highlanders. They love their rugby down in the Otago region and another sell out is expected. Dunedin’s
Forsyth Barr Stadium is a cracking place to watch a game of rugby and as the world’s only natural turf indoor arena, it
creates quite an atmosphere. It will be the first time the Lions have played in the stadium and they can expect a raucous
welcome from a partisan crowd.

  Rotorua - Rotorua International Stadium   This is one of the most sought after matches of the tour and Rotorua is the perfect venue for the Maori All Blacks to take on the British and Irish Lions. Last time out the Maori All Blacks were the only team to beat the Lions in the warm up games, scoring a 19-13 victory at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. With a huge Maori population located in and around Rotorua, this game will generate an atmosphere that will compare to one of the Test matches and the Maori All Blacks will be looking to carry on their run against the Lions.

Rotorua - Rotorua International Stadium

This is one of the most sought after matches of the tour and Rotorua is the perfect venue for the Maori All Blacks to take
on the British and Irish Lions. Last time out the Maori All Blacks were the only team to beat the Lions in the warm up
games, scoring a 19-13 victory at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. With a huge Maori population located in and around
Rotorua, this game will generate an atmosphere that will compare to one of the Test matches and the Maori All Blacks
will be looking to carry on their run against the Lions.

  Hamilton - FMG Stadium   The final warm up game before the first Test match will be played in Hamilton as the Lions come up against the Chiefs. By this stage of the tour, the Lions will have a good idea of their starting line up for that first Test and it is expected that they will want to keep a lot of those players match sharp so expect a strong team to be sent out by head coach Warren Where to watch the British and Irish Lions 2017 - Explore NZ - GO Rentals https://explore.gorentals.co.nz/blog/watch-british-irish-lions-2017/ Gatland. The Chiefs will come up against the Lions for the first time and as with all the Super Rugby franchises, they will want to put down a marker before the First test. All of the warm-up games are expected to provide a stern test for the Lions and could give a clear indication of how well they will perform in the Test matches.

Hamilton - FMG Stadium

The final warm up game before the first Test match will be played in Hamilton as the Lions come up against the Chiefs.
By this stage of the tour, the Lions will have a good idea of their starting line up for that first Test and it is expected that
they will want to keep a lot of those players match sharp so expect a strong team to be sent out by head coach Warren
Where to watch the British and Irish Lions 2017 - Explore NZ - GO Rentals https://explore.gorentals.co.nz/blog/watch-british-irish-lions-2017/
Gatland. The Chiefs will come up against the Lions for the first time and as with all the Super Rugby franchises, they will
want to put down a marker before the First test. All of the warm-up games are expected to provide a stern test for the
Lions and could give a clear indication of how well they will perform in the Test matches.

 Wellington - Westapc Stadium  The final location for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017 is the capital, Wellington. The Westpac Stadium will play host to the final warm up game which is sandwiched between the first two Test matches, the second of which is also being held in Wellington. These are huge games for the capital and the second Test is the make or break match – all neutrals and most rugby fans will be hoping that the two teams win one game each in the series, taking it to a deciding Test in Auckland and the tension on the game will be huge no matter the result of the first Test. So, there you have the run-down of all the venues and destinations for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017. For more information about the stadiums and to follow the Lions around New Zealand, please visit our dedicated Lions section where you will find lots more information. GO RENTALS  

Wellington - Westapc Stadium

The final location for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2017 is the capital, Wellington. The Westpac
Stadium will play host to the final warm up game which is sandwiched between the first two Test matches, the second of
which is also being held in Wellington. These are huge games for the capital and the second Test is the make or break
match – all neutrals and most rugby fans will be hoping that the two teams win one game each in the series, taking it to
a deciding Test in Auckland and the tension on the game will be huge no matter the result of the first Test.
So, there you have the run-down of all the venues and destinations for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand
2017. For more information about the stadiums and to follow the Lions around New Zealand, please visit our dedicated
Lions section where you will find lots more information.
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