2018 Photo Contest, Sports, Singles, 2nd prize

Steaming Scrum


Stephen McCarthy


17 June, 2017

The British & Irish Lions and Maori All Blacks engage during a match at Rotorua International Stadium in Rotorua, New Zealand.

All players in the Maori All Blacks must have a confirmed Maori whakapapa, or genealogy. The British & Irish Lions is a composite squad formed every year by players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, selected by the coach who oversees the tour. The squad tours every four years through one of the southern hemisphere’s big three rugby union nations: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Rotorua match was played in wet conditions and ended with a 10-32 win for the Lions.

About the photographer

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen has covered two Olympic Games, two British & Irish Lions tours, four World Athletics Championships and numerous major domestic and international sporting events around th...

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