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The Lions in New Zealand: Facts and figures

Warren Gatland will lead the British and Irish Lions on traditionally their toughest mission of all next summer - a tour to New Zealand.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the facts and figures surrounding previous New Zealand trips.

:: The Lions first played New Zealand in 1904.

:: It was 1930 before the Lions recorded a victory over New Zealand.

:: The Lions' only Test series triumph to date against New Zealand was in 1971, when they claimed the series 2-1 with one game drawn.

:: The Lions have suffered Test series whitewashes on five occasions in New Zealand, the last of those being 11 years ago.

:: The Lions' 2005 New Zealand tour, when England's World Cup-winning supremo Sir Clive Woodward was at the helm, saw them concede 107 points in the Test series.

:: The Lions' last victory against New Zealand came on the 1993 tour in Wellington.

:: The Lions' overall record against New Zealand shows six victories, three draws and 29 defeats.

:: The last player to score a try for the Lions against New Zealand was former England flanker Lewis Moody in 2005.

:: A 10-game schedule for next summer's New Zealand tour will see the Lions play at seven different venues - Whangarei, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Hamilton and Wellington.

:: Auckland's Eden Park - venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final - will stage two of the three Lions Tests.


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