In the spirit of the 15-a-side game, here are 15 things that will get us all very excited during the Lions tour 2017.
1. History could be made
In 2005 the All Blacks ran away 3-0 winners in what was a hugely disappointing tour for the Lions.
Twelve years later, the Lions tour 2017 should be a much more even contest, especially after Ireland’s autumn triumph against New Zealand during the Autumn!
2. Beauden Barrett v Owen Farrell
Arguably the two best players in the world squaring up. What’s not to like?
3. It’s only ONCE every twelve years!
4. The trailers are always EPIC!
5. Every game is live on Sky Sports and TalkSport
Get your gang together and organise yourselves now!
6. BIG HITS
This is a basic one – the potential for bone-crunching tackles. With the Lions 2017 probably the two best teams assembled in world rugby will collide and hits will be more vicious than ever.
7. The AMAZING stadiums
8. There will be tears.
9. The personalities
James Haskell, Joe Marler…the list goes on of great guys and fabulous banter.
10. Yes, even the odd fight/handbags
11. The Haka
The traditional dance of the New Zealand rugby team really is a sight to behold, and never more so than in the hyper-competitive atmosphere of a Lions tour.
Reckon that rugby doesn’t really excite your emotions? Watch the Haka from behind the sofa – and think again.
12. Proper hard men
13. Stuart Hogg
The 2016 and 2017 Six Nations Player of the tournament is one of the most exciting players to watch in the world!