Who are you, and what have you done with Tom Croft?

Dan Lydiate replaces Tom Croft with Sean O'Brien promoted to the bench. Tom Croft's still in the squad, covering lock as well as blind side, but on tour he's not the same player as that from the 2012/13 season.

Lady Luck, the Lions and Mel Gibson

Australia and the Lions have both had their share of good and bad luck since Saturday morning.

Adam Jones is Jonesian.

Before the first Lions test Adam Jones had carried once, for one yard on this tour. That and other snippets in a first test preview for Balls.ie.

The Curious Case of Dan Lydiate on the Subs Bench

And how Leigh Halfpenny could make the big difference for the Lions if his kicking hot streak continues.

Mark Cuban, Big Data and Rugby. Intriguing.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will be one of the judges for the AIG Rugby Innovation Challenge which sees app developers get access to Opta's detailed match data. Interesting stuff.

Has the Lions opposition really been that awful?

I look at the Lions scorelines in their first five tour games compared to previous tours.

Is Rory Best getting dealt a bad hand?

Rory Best has been getting a bad rap for his throwing but does the blame lie more on his team mates?

Replacing Cian Healy

Mako Vunipola has performed well so far on the Lions tour but his scrummaging hasn't been tested. If Gatland decides he wants Vunipola off the bench, what does that mean for the rest of his team selection?

The Lions Kickers, Stuart Hogg & Michael Caine

A look at the Lions kickers. And Stuart Hogg, who kicked for the Lions against Combined Country despite taking just six place kick attempts all season.

Mercurial. Enigmatic. Pain in the Arse.

A look forward to the Lions tour match against the Queensland Reds for the Paddy Power blog.