It is one of the sports world’s oldest and most venerable traditions, going back 129 years. It involves some of the best athletes in the world who travel halfway across the globe. It is a rugby tour of New Zealand by the British and Irish Lions. The Lions assemble every four years and are drawn from the best players of the national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales — which currently are ranked second, third, sixth and seventh in the world, respectively. The tours rotate among New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, meaning that only once every 12 years will the Lions play the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks, who are ranked No. 1 in the world. That matchup happened in June. One of the challenges
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