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Brendan Gallagher: Will All Blacks be fresh to go again?

New Zealand have lost only two of their 27 Rugby Championship matches to date – there was also a draw against Australia in 2014 – so..

August 17, 2017

Jeff Probyn: Baa-baas ‘Test’ would solve the Lions tour conundrum

Sometimes you have to ask why people ask questions when something has already been decided upon and accepted by all. I had a meeting..

July 27, 2017

Saili eyes silverware after turning his back on All Blacks

Gifted centre Francis Saili believes his unique brand of passing skills, embellished by gainline-busting, off-loading qualities reminiscent..

July 26, 2017

Guscott column: Faletau came of age and put Read in his shadow

IT’S been one hell of a series and no-one involved with this Lions team should feel anything other than immense pride at what they have..

July 12, 2017

Nick Cain: Lions should have taken 45 players in first place

Replacement strategies are becoming the bane of Lions tours, as the furore around the ‘Geography Six’ – the late call-ups to this..

July 7, 2017

Shane Williams: Sexton and Farrell are certain to get better and better playing together

It was a privilege to be in Wellington to watch this thriller of a game; it was right up with the best sporting occasions I’ve seen and I..

July 6, 2017

Jeff Probyn: One match to go, and these Lions could end up legends

With the mid-week games over and just one game to go, I am already suffering from Lions fatigue and can’t wait for it all to end. The..

July 6, 2017

Same players trusted by Lions ahead of Series decider

The British & Irish Lions have named an unchanged starting line-up and bench for the decisive third Test against New Zealand at Eden..

July 6, 2017

Three changes for All Blacks and Read to win 100th Cap in decider

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will win his 100th Test cap in the Series decider against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on..

July 6, 2017

Brendan Gallagher: As the pressure ramped up, so cool Gatland kept his nerve

This Test was not only a compelling thriller which instantly claims its place in Lions folklore but a game which neatly combined two of the..

July 5, 2017