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Lions rule out Australia and may yet play in empty South African venues

Lions want government guarantees to host tour at homeVirimi Vakatawa could return for France at TwickenhamThe fate of the British & Irish Lions tour this summer remains up in the air with a final decision having been deferred until next week. Lions…

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Lions rule out Australia and may yet play in empty South African venues

Lions want government guarantees to host tour at homeVirimi Vakatawa could return for France at TwickenhamThe fate of the British & Irish Lions tour this summer remains up in the air with a final decision having been deferred until next week. Lions…

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Warren Gatland ‘comfortable’ with game-time for Saracens’ Lions hopefuls

Director of rugby Mark McCall says he has spoken to Gatland‘I think [our players] will arrive on a Lions tour ready to go’Warren Gatland has assured Saracens’ potential British & Irish Lions contenders that their selection prospects will not be har…

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British and Irish Lions consider base in Jersey as contingency plan for tour

• Summer tour could be moved from South Africa to British Isles• Jersey could be used as pre-tour camp if tour goes ahead abroadThe British and Irish Lions are exploring the option of basing themselves in Jersey as part of a contingency plan if this su…

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British & Irish Lions ‘home tour’ could be expanded to four Tests

London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin could be venuesDecision to be taken by end of MarchA final decision on this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour will be taken by the end of March with officials increasingly keen to host it on home soil in fron…

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Lockdown exit plan raises prospect of British & Irish Lions ‘home tour’

Fixtures could take place in England, Wales and IrelandOpponents of home fixtures include Willie John McBrideThe prospect of relocating the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa to the UK and Ireland moved a step closer on Monday after the gov…

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The Breakdown | John Pullin: straight-talking leader who mixed farming with Lions tours

The former England captain, who died earlier this month, came up with one of rugby union’s most memorable quotesThe list of players involved in that try is a who’s who of Welsh rugby in the 1970s: Phil Bennett, JPR Williams, John Dawes, Tommy David, De…

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The Breakdown | Scotland’s Lions prospects boosted by stirring success against England

A remarkable recent dearth of British & Irish Lions caps will end if Scotland maintain their Twickenham standardsIt is an understatement to say Scotland have not had the lion’s share when it comes to the British & Irish Lions. In the Six Nation…

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Even within the Six Nations bubble, Lions tour will loom large | Ugo Monye

Players will not admit it, but the prospect of selection for tour of South Africa will be on their minds in this year’s tournamentDon’t let anyone tell you any differently – as much as the players won’t want to say so publicly the chance to push for th…

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British & Irish Lions likely to reject ‘generous’ hosting offer from Australia

Rugby Australia chairman believes tour could be a successBehind-closed-doors in South Africa looks likeliest solutionThe British & Irish Lions have confirmed Australia’s surprise offer to stage this summer’s series against South Africa is on the ta…

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Rugby Australia makes surprise offer to host Lions series against South Africa

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan confirms offerCovid-19 means tour is unlikely to go ahead in South AfricaHopes that the British & Irish Lions Tests against South Africa could take place this summer, and with fans in attendance, look a litt…

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England skills coach Jason Ryles to miss Six Nations due to Covid-19 lockdown

Ryles will remain in Australia until at least the summerThe Lions will decide next week if tour can go aheadEddie Jones’s plan to use the Six Nations to sharpen England’s attack needs to be revised because the Covid-19 lockdown has left his skills coac…

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Covid and dementia leave rugby union fretting over an uncertain future | Paul Rees

The pandemic and pending legal action mean the sport is fractured at the top tier and fearing for the existence of its grassroots levelWhen World Rugby’s chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, launched his re-election campaign a year ago, he said he was excited …

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Time to put self-interest aside and find a solution to save the Lions | Robert Kitson

Unions, clubs, TV executives and sponsors can no longer act in isolation if a feasible solution for this summer is to be foundRarely, if ever, has rugby union been in greater need of a silver bullet to solve all its problems. As older readers will reme…

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Time to put self-interest aside and find a solution to save the Lions | Robert Kitson

Unions, clubs, TV executives and sponsors can no longer act in isolation if a feasible solution for this summer is to be foundRarely, if ever, has rugby union been in greater need of a silver bullet to solve all its problems. As older readers will reme…

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Time to put self-interest aside and find a solution to save the Lions | Robert Kitson

Unions, clubs, TV executives and sponsors can no longer act in isolation if a feasible solution for this summer is to be foundRarely, if ever, has rugby union been in greater need of a silver bullet to solve all its problems. As older readers will reme…

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England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland set to go ahead without fans

RFU had hoped for 20,000 supporters to attend TwickenhamUnion says it has budgeted to stage all games without fansThe Rugby Football Union is expecting England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland to go ahead next month behind closed doors despite sha…

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Lions tour of South Africa in doubt as talks held over new coronavirus variants

New Covid strains have emerged in England and South AfricaFebruary set as deadline by managing director Ben Calveley The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa has been placed in doubt after managing director Ben Calveley revealed talks are being…

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Joe Launchbury hopes physicality can power Wasps and bring Lions chance

Wasps’ head coach Lee Blackett said his captain is ‘in the form of his career’ and can catch Warren Gatland’s eye for a call-upIn a manner entirely in keeping with his character, Joe Launchbury quietly re-established himself as a member of Eddie Jones’…

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My 2021 wishlist for rugby: Lions success and action on head injuries

Warren Gatland will complete his hat-trick as head coach of the Lions if trip to South Africa goes aheadThe international game, in Europe at least, is trapped in a kicking cycle, as it invariably is when referees are told to make the breakdown more of …