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Jonathan Kaplan to referee final Lions test

April 24th, 2005

South African referee Jonathan Kaplan has been appointed to referee third test between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand on July 9. Kaplan was criticised by England coach Andy Robinson for his performance officating the 6 Nations match between Ireland and England.

Australia referee Stuart Dickinson will take control of the Lions’ warm up match against Argentina at Cardiff on 23 May.

French referee Joel Jutge will be in charge of the first test in Christchurch on June 25, Australian Andrew Cole has be selected for the second test in Wellington on July 2.

Lions Squad announced - Jonny Wilkinson missing

April 11th, 2005

The British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand has been announced.

England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson has been omitted from the British and Irish Lions squad. Wilkinson, who helped England win the 2003 Rugby World Cup, has not played a test since drop-kicking the winning goal in the World Cup final.

There was some speculation that Wilkinson would still tour for publicity reasons.
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British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2005 Fixtures

February 12th, 2005

The fixtures list of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand has been released.

The Lions side will be coached by Sir Clive Woodward.

The Lions will play ten matches in total, made up of three test matches against the All Blacks, one match against the New Zealand Maori team and six matches against NPC teams. The kick off times for the tour games haven’t been set yet, but will likely be at night time.

Update: A further match against the Auckland NPC side has been added on the 5 July. Which brings the total number of matches to eleven.

British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand 2005 Fixtures

4 June 2005 - Bay of Plenty Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

8 June 2005 - Taranaki Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

11 June 2005 - NZ Maori Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

15 June 2005 - Wellington Westpac Stadium, Wellington

18 June 2005 - Otago Carisbrook, Dunedin

21 June 2005 - Southland Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill

25 June 2005 - All Blacks Jade Stadium, Christchurch

28 June 2005 - Manawatu Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North

2 July 2005 - All Blacks Westpac Stadium, Wellington

5 July 2005 - Auckland Eden Park, Auckland

9 July 2005 - All Blacks Eden Park, Auckland