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Jeff Probyn: Merv…the O’Driscoll axe lacked respect

I had to laugh when I read the comments posted by ‘Merv’ following my article about Brian O’ Driscoll being left out of the Lions..

August 9, 2013 with 3 Comments

Jeff Probyn: O’Driscoll deserved to end his career with dignity

Okay, okay I admit it, I said that I thought the Aussies would win that third Test and the series and I was wrong. Before the tour started..

July 19, 2013 with 3 Comments

Nick Cain: Gatland defies the abuse to hit jackpot

What the 2013 Lions tour revealed is that for all the power inherent in the concept of the four Home Unions united, unity within the..

July 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain says Lions’ selection errors would have proved costly in New Zealand

Sam Warburton says that he has no truck with the defeatist claptrap which says that the Lions cannot win in New Zealand four years from..

July 18, 2013 with 1 Comment

Jeremy Guscott: Lions success was even greater than ‘97

Big congratulations to everyone concerned with the Lions for a scintilating series and a well-deserved triumph. It should not be..

July 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain’s tour overview: Do not underestimate this wonderful triumph

The 2013 Lions roared in Sydney, mauling the Wallabies by a record score, but there are some embittered souls for whom the Lions stand in..

July 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Leigh Halfpenny is a £1m target for the French clubs

Leigh Halfpenny’s Welsh future is to be thrashed out in London this week as three French clubs prepare to make him offers worth £1m. The..

July 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain reflects on the highs and lows of the Lions tour leading up to the pivotal Test

The last round of Wallaby jaw-jaw before the battle for the 2013 Test series came to a climax at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney yesterday saw..

July 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain: O’Driscoll was lucky even to be on tour

The notion held by some media pundits and fans – not all of them Irish – that Brian O’Driscoll is a rugby martyr because he was..

July 11, 2013 with 7 Comments

Nick Cain’s tour verdict: Gatland shows he has Midas touch

After the gunsmoke had cleared at the ANZ Stadium, the massed ranks of Lions fans waited to cheer on the 2013 Lions before they exited the..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Jeremy Guscott: Our sixteen years of pain end in 80 minutes

Forward dominance has been fundamental to this series from the off and yesterday the Lions power pack well and truly stuffed the Wallabies..

July 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Peter Jackson: The first time ten Welsh stars won it for the Lions

Lewis Jones was playing cricket in Plymouth one Saturday afternoon long ago when he took the first step towards joining the original Welsh..

July 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Neil Back: My old mate Wig finally got the scrum show he wanted

It wasn’t particularly pretty but no-one will remember how history was made on this Lions tour – especially as Sydney will have been..

July 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Ewen McKenzie replaces Robbie Deans

Ewen McKenzie has been named as the new Australia head coach, the Australian Rugby Union announced today. The Queensland Reds boss takes..

July 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mako Vunipola will be best prop in world says Saracens coach

Public opinion might suggest Mako Vunipola was taught a lesson in Melbourne, but Saracens forwards coach Alex Sanderson is adamant that the..

July 9, 2013 with 0 Comments