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Category: British & Irish Lions

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Mako Vunipola set to be handed starting role in second Lions Test

Loosehead prop impressed as substitute in the first matchLions can clinch series by beating South Africa on SaturdayMako Vunipola is in line to start for the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s second Test against South Africa after an eye-catching…

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Mako Vunipola set to be handed starting role in second Lions Test

Loosehead prop impressed as substitute in the first matchLions can clinch series by beating South Africa on SaturdayMako Vunipola is in line to start for the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s second Test against South Africa after an eye-catching…

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South Africa’s Rassie Erasmus has abandoned grace and dignity | Robert Kitson

Director of rugby’s behaviour during the Lions tour is within the rules, but does the sport no creditIn a slightly different context, people talk about class being permanent. It is not a word, though, that attaches itself to rugby coaches who moan and …

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‘Reckless and dangerous’: Erasmus posts footage criticising Lions play

Erasmus highlights Ali Price tackle on Cheslin Kolbe in first TestNot first time South Africa’s DoR has used Twitter in this wayRassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, has resumed taking pot shots at the British & Irish Lions on Twitter a…

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Lions’ TMO outrage succeeds with South Africa losing marginal calls

Warren Gatland’s pre-match jousting at Marius Jonker’s role had the desired effect with the Springboks’ pride taking a hitThe morning after the night before and it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for the South African TMO Marius Jonker. Four …

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Lions have destiny in their own hands after stirring comeback | Robert Kitson

Warren Gatland is confident while Boks have psychological scars to heal and look a shadow of 2019 world championsA week can be an achingly long time in rugby, particularly on a British & Irish Lions tour. As at the Ryder Cup or an Ashes series, mom…

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Lions coach Warren Gatland piles pressure on ‘desperate’ South Africa

• Tourists can clinch series with win on Saturday• ‘We think there is another level in us’Warren Gatland has cranked up the pressure on the “incredibly desperate” Springboks and claimed the British & Irish Lions have another gear to find as they se…

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‘Next Test will be tougher,’ warns Warren Gatland after Lions stun South Africa

Gatland: ‘Hurt’ Springboks will be ‘stronger’ in rest of seriesHead coach hails ‘special’ Lions after comeback victoryWarren Gatland warned his British & Irish Lions to beware a desperate Springbok backlash in next Saturday’s second Test as the wor…

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‘Next Test will be tougher,’ warns Warren Gatland after Lions stun South Africa

Gatland: ‘Hurt’ Springboks will be ‘stronger’ in rest of seriesHead coach hails ‘special’ Lions after comeback victoryWarren Gatland warned his British & Irish Lions to beware a desperate Springbok backlash in next Saturday’s second Test as the wor…

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Lions’ Maro Itoje strikes first in battle with South Africa’s Faf de Klerk

The England forward has not always produced his best against the Springboks but he put in an immense performance in the tourists’ victory in the first TestEvery time Maro Itoje and Faf de Klerk square off against each other it pays to keep close attent…

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Lions’ Maro Itoje strikes first in battle with South Africa’s Faf de Klerk

The England forward has not always produced his best against the Springboks but he put in an immense performance in the tourists’ victory in the first TestEvery time Maro Itoje and Faf de Klerk square off against each other it pays to keep close attent…

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South Africa 17-22 British & Irish Lions: first Test player ratings

The superb Courtney Lawes dominated and Alun Wyn Jones’s leadership was key while Faf de Klerk shone for the SpringboksWillie le Roux One shaky moment in the first half but silkily composed in general, a delightful sidestep often ghosting him away from…

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South Africa 17-22 British & Irish Lions: first Test player ratings

The superb Courtney Lawes dominated and Alun Wyn Jones’s leadership was key while Faf de Klerk shone for the SpringboksWillie le Roux One shaky moment in the first half but silkily composed in general, a delightful sidestep often ghosting him away from…

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British & Irish Lions rally in second half to win first Test against South Africa

South Africa 17-22 British & Irish LionsCourtney Lawes colossal in Lions victoryOne down, two to play. There were moments when the British & Irish Lions were swaying on the brink but, to their immense collective credit, they dug in to secure th…

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South Africa v British & Irish Lions: first Test – live!

Live updates from the opener in Cape Town, kick-off 5pm BSTGatland fury after South African Jonker appointed series TMOGet in touch! You can email Lee here or tweet him 6.00pm BST The absolutely outstanding news for the Lions after that howler of a hal…

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Our appalling start in Durban in 2009 has much to teach this generation of Lions | Ugo Monye

I was part of a great missed opportunity 12 years ago – Warren Gatland is right to make sure the lessons of it are learnedI’m a firm believer in the saying that you learn more in defeat than in victory and that goes a long way to explaining why Warren …

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Warren Gatland pledges to fight for future of British & Irish Lions

‘I’m going to keep fighting and keep promoting the Lions’Lions have to fight increasingly hard for place in calendarWarren Gatland has pledged to continue fighting for the future of the British & Irish Lions as he seeks to become the first head coa…

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Lions complain over Neil Francis’s offensive comment about Marcus Smith

Former Ireland forward said fly-half has ‘Oompah Loompa tan’Irish Independent sack columnist following outrage over slurThe Lions and Harlequins have both responded angrily to a comment about the colour of Marcus Smith’s skin made by a former Ireland i…

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Erasmus to continue water-carrying role as ‘mindgame’ talk dismissed

Assistant coach says director of rugby will be ‘running the water’Mzwandile Stick: ‘We’ll see the egos between the four lines’South Africa have confirmed their director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, will continue to act as a water carrier on Saturday in th…

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Bullish Lions plan to force Springboks on to back foot in opening showdown

Warren Gatland’s men believe they can cause South Africa plenty of problems in Saturday’s Cape Town curtain-raiserFor a British & Irish Lions side seeking encouragement before their series with South Africa, there are worse starting places than the…