There was real hope among British fans that this team might become the first Lions team since 1971 to win a tour in New Zealand.
They faced an under-strength French side, but South Africa's national rugby team, the Springboks, made sure they took their opportunities against them in the first of three tests in Pretoria.
The All Blacks will for the first time in 2019 encounter the Springboks in the group stages of Rugby's premier tournament while England finds itself up against France and Argentina.
England will take on Ireland with just one victory away from making a record of most consecutive wins.
England's coach Eddie Jones is looking for more of the same in 2017, after a perfect run of results last year.
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