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Category: Warren Gatland

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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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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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Gatland fury after South African Marius Jonker appointed Lions Test series TMO

Lions management angry that a neutral official is not availableJonker declined to send off Faf de Klerk for high tackleWarren Gatland has been left furious before the British & Irish Lions’ first Test against the Springboks on Saturday after being …

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Credit to bold Gatland for picking a Lions side on form not reputation | Robert Kitson

For South Africa’s analysts it will feel like doing battle with an army of unknown warriors for Saturday’s first TestThe secret of top-level selection is to heighten the sense of pre-game anticipation. If the team sheet can not only energise your own p…

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Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in first Test after remarkable recovery

Warren Gatland’s ‘hardest’ pick sees Conor Murray on benchHogg and Van der Merwe start, alongside Cowan-DickieAlun Wyn Jones will complete a stunning recovery and captain the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s first Test against South Africa – jus…

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Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in first Test after remarkable recovery

Warren Gatland’s ‘hardest’ pick sees Conor Murray on benchHogg and Van der Merwe start, alongside Cowan-DickieAlun Wyn Jones will complete a stunning recovery and captain the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s first Test against South Africa – jus…

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Stuart Hogg in line to start for British & Irish Lions in first South Africa Test

Warren Gatland ready to go for broke with attacking selectionHogg has been on two previous tours but never played a TestWarren Gatland is set to go for broke on Wednesday when he names his first-Test side to face South Africa, with the Scotland full-ba…

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Gatland faces selection dilemmas for first Lions Test against South Africa

Luke Cowan-Dickie could be surprise choice at hookerWarm-up games have not provided stern enough challengeWarren Gatland is entering the business end of his fourth British & Irish Lions tour and never has his huge stash of experience felt more rele…

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Elliot Daly has the creativity and skills to be centre of Lions Test plans | Ugo Monye

Saracens player has the footwork, pace and the catch-pass to make him a shoo-in for the first Test against South AfricaWhen I saw Elliot Daly’s name in the initial British & Irish Lions squad it was my view that he would be the starting outside cen…

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Five Lions selection posers Gatland must solve to beat South Africa | Robert Kitson

The coach could spring a surprise at scrum-half and must find a way of countering the Springboks’ powerful packConor Murray has been central to some epic days in Lions and Irish rugby history. It is less then three weeks since Warren Gatland installed …

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Warren Gatland insists tour defeat ‘will be good’ for his British & Irish Lions

• Team suffered first defeat of tour to South Africa A in Cape Town• Gatland: ‘ players are pretty bullish’ after second-half reactionWarren Gatland says his Lions squad firmly believe they can win the forthcoming Test series despite losing 17-13 to a …

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Alun Wyn Jones could make surprise return to Lions squad

• Lock back training with Wales after dislocating shoulder• ‘He has made a remarkable recovery,’ says Warren GatlandAlun Wyn Jones is on the brink of completing a miraculous return to the British & Irish Lions squad after making a “remarkable recov…

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Alun Wyn Jones could make surprise return to Lions squad

• Lock back training with Wales after dislocating shoulder• ‘He has made a remarkable recovery,’ says Warren GatlandAlun Wyn Jones is on the brink of completing a miraculous return to the British & Irish Lions squad after making a “remarkable recov…

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George confident Saracens’ Lions contingent can make immediate impact

Five players joined up with squad after club’s promotionGeorge likely to feature in warm-up match against JapanJamie George believes Saracens’ British & Irish Lions contingent will make an immediate impact after bolstering the squad in Jersey thank…

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George confident Saracens’ Lions contingent can make immediate impact

Five players joined up with squad after club’s promotionGeorge likely to feature in warm-up match against JapanJamie George believes Saracens’ British & Irish Lions contingent will make an immediate impact after bolstering the squad in Jersey thank…

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Kyle Sinckler eager to make most of late Lions call-up for South Africa tour

Prop urges Warren Gatland to ‘put me on the field’Sinckler was controversial omission from original squadKyle Sinckler has urged Warren Gatland to “put me on the field” after earning a British & Irish Lions reprieve with the Bristol and England pro…

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Age before beauty is backbone of Warren Gatland’s beefed up Lions | Michael Aylwin

Pragmatic intent in taking on South Africa is clear in the coach’s selection of an experienced batch of playersWarren Gatland has insisted the squad he picked for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa would have looked different had the de…

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Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones feels hand of history on his shoulder | Andy Bull

Wales’s indomitable talisman is keenly aware of the gravity of the honour bestowed on him by Warren GatlandScratch away the gloss they have slapped across the British & Irish Lions and there is a single, simple beautiful idea underneath. An idea pr…

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Warren Gatland primes his Lions squad to go on attack in South Africa | Robert Kitson

British & Irish Lions coach is picking players based on form not reputation, leading to his selection of the Exeter lock Jonny HillWarren Gatland is about to embark on his third British & Irish Lions tour as head coach but, to his credit, he re…

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British & Irish Lions squad unveiled for 2021 South Africa tour – live!

Warren Gatland’s 36-man squad to be named from 11.45am BSTThe Breakdown: this unique tour needs right charactersAnd you can mail Luke, tweet @LukeMcLaughlin or post BTL 11.14am BST The Finn Russell debate is heating up!Crutchley writes: “Finn will have…