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O’Brien’s view on Lions coaching mishaps is wrong but he’s entitled to voice his opinion

By Nick Cain Sean O’Brien is one of the fiercest competitors in the game, yet his view that the 2017 Lions coaches were responsible for the touring side’s failure to win a three nil series victory over New Zealand this summer seems a little fanciful. However, I am strongly in support of O’Brien’s right to […]

Three Lions miss out on England training camp

England head coach Eddie Jones has named the 33 players who will convene in Oxford on Sunday 24 September for the three-day camp. The squad includes uncapped 18-year-old Marcus Smith and hooker Tom Dunn while the Lions trio of prop Kyle Sinckler, flanker James Haskell and centre Jonathan Joseph are not included. The camp will […]

Lions star pens new Wasps deal

British and Irish Lions and England international Elliot Daly has extended his contract with Wasps. The 24 year-old, who started every Test for the Lions against the All Blacks over the summer, is a product of the club’s Academy and has made 157 appearances for the senior squad since making his debut as an 18-year-old […]

England tour was just what I needed after Lions setback

England lock and Wasps captain Joe Launchbury tells NEALE HARVEY how he has overcome his Lions disappointment and is targeting silverware with club and country. How did it feel being back with England last week so soon after the Argentina tour? It’s been a busy but enjoyable summer and coming into camp and meeting up with […]

Lions prop commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins have today announced that England and British and Irish Lions prop Joe Marler has committed his long-term future to the club. Marler, who was contracted until 2018, has extended his deal by a further three years, keeping him at the Stoop until at least 2021. The 27-year-old, a Harlequins Academy graduate, established himself as […]

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 earlier this week with someone quite influential within the game, who told me that the idea of shortening the Lions tours had already been agreed by all the stakeholders and that […]

Scots can have no complaints over Lions selection says Sean Maitland

Warren Gatland named only two Scottish players – Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour – in his initial squad announcement

Saracens chairman proposes a balancing act to solve Lions/Premiership Rugby dispute

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray reckons staging Lions ‘tours’ within the British Isles would offer a radical solution to the rancorous issue of scheduling and player welfare, whilst enabling the historic brand to maximise its huge commercial clout. Wray’s insistence that Lions matches against the All Blacks and Wallabies should be played in Wembley, Twickenham, Cardiff, […]

Review: Slow start saw Lions move from strength to strength before springing into life

Match 1, June 3: Provincial Barbarians 7 British and Irish Lions 13 Okara Park, Whangarei, 19,951 Barely 72 hours off the plane with some of the match day squad admitting to snoozing on the drive to the ground, the Lions made the most sluggish of starts up in Whangarei against a pumped-up team of rugged […]

Spencer at war with Bill Beaumont over shorter Lions tour schedule

JOHN Spencer launched an unprecedented attack on World Rugby on the eve of the Lions third Test decider against New Zealand, slamming their decision to press ahead with shorter tours. The 2017 Lions tour manager warned that if the truncated Lions schedule tabled recently by World Rugby is not abandoned it will spell the end […]

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