DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017
“Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand and is also our home of rugby. We are the land of the kauri and, like the kauri, our region of rugby has always stood strong…”NRU Chairman during RWC 2011
In June and July 2017 the might of the home nations will unite for their tour of New Zealand
New Zealand Provincial Barbarians v The British & Irish Lions
The thirtieth DHL New Zealand Lions Series kicks off at Toll Stadium, Whangarei on Saturday 3 June 2017 with The British & Irish Lions taking on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.
The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians will be made up of some of the best players out of Mitre 10 Cup. They will be keen to give the Lions a tough opening game in what could be the biggest game of some of their careers.
Be there to support your team and experience the electric atmosphere when thousands of passionate British & Irish Lions fans descend on your stadium.
Locals are looking forward to seeing The British & Irish Lions in action, welcoming the pride of supporters with open arms and showing true Manaakitanga in the sharing of exceptional hospitality – we’re already planning the party!
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Rugby in Northland
The Northland Rugby Union, our provincial Union, was founded in 1920 and has produced outstanding players throughout the years. The Union has a playing and history of hosting Lions that spans 64 years. Match history is as follows:
- 1950 British Isles 8 North Auckland 6
- 1959 British Isles 35 North Auckland 13
- 1966 British Isles 6 North Auckland 3
- 1971 British Isles 11 North Auckland 5
- 1977 British Isles 18 North Auckland 7
- 1983 British Isles 21 North Auckland 2
- 1993 British Isles 30 North Auckland 17
“As a former All Black, Maori All Black and Northland Provincial player, I was honoured to have been able to play against former British & Irish Lions.
“Playing for my Northland province against any overseas touring rugby team was a special occasion, as members of our team and the public travelled from all over the North to be able to support their local team. In the past having an overseas rugby team like The British & Irish Lions was always an absolute highlight and one that always had the North buzzing for a very long time.”
Sid Going, Northland rugby legend and All Black