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British & Irish Lions introduce new badge, with England crest significantly changed

The British & Irish Lions have lifted the veil on their brand new crest, generating buzz ahead of the much-awaited 2025 tour Down Under.

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With eyes set on Australia, the Lions are gearing up under the stewardship of none other than the esteemed Ireland head coach, Andy Farrell.

As part of their extensive nine-match tour Down Under in 2025, they are set to take on a New Zealand and Australia combined XV in a historic showdown in Adelaide.

This clash will serve as a prelude to their Test matches against the Wallabies, which are scheduled to be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Should they fill the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground to capacity, it would establish new attendance records for a Lions Test match, marking it as a sell-out event.

The culmination of the series will see more than 80,000 enthusiastic fans gathering at Sydney’s Olympic Park for the final showdown.

“We are delighted to announce the tour schedule as we look ahead to what is to be one of the most eagerly anticipated series in history,” said Lions chief executive Ben Calveley. 

The 2025 Lions tour fixtures in full

  • Saturday 28 June: v Western Force, Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Wednesday 2 July: v Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Saturday 5 July: v New South Wales Waratahs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wednesday 9 July: v ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Saturday 12 July: v Invitational Australia & NZ XV, Adelaide Oval
  • Saturday 19 July: First Test, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 22 July: v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
  • Saturday 26 July: Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Saturday 2 August: Third Test, Accor Stadium, Sydney



Telegraph picks 2025 British & Irish Lions squad with Marcus Smith missing out

With the conclusion of the Six Nations, marked by England’s resurgence and Ireland’s triumphant performance once again, The Telegraph have revisited their squad predictions.

Check out who they selected below.


  • Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
  • Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
  • Finlay Bealham (Ireland)
  • Andrew Porter (Ireland)
  • Ellis Genge (England)
  • Pierre Schoeman (Scotland)
Ellis Genge, Captain of England during the Summer Nations Series Rugby match between Wales and England at Principality Stadium on August 5, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


  • Dewi Lake (Wales)
  • Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
  • Ronan Kelleher (Ireland)