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Kyle Sinckler ‘gutted’ to miss out as Gatland rolls dice with Lions squad

England prop ‘not feeling sorry for myself’ after shock omissionAlun Wyn Jones to captain 37-man tour party in South AfricaWarren Gatland has dropped a bombshell by leaving the England prop Kyle Sinckler out of his British & Irish Lions squad for t…

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Sam Simmonds in line for Lions call with Alun Wyn Jones set for captaincy

Simmonds to earn reward for Exeter form despite England snubJones set to follow footsteps of Wales compatriot WarburtonSam Simmonds is expected to be named on Thursday in the British & Irish Lions squad with Warren Gatland ready to spring a surpris…

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Sam Simmonds in line for Lions call with Alun Wyn Jones set for captaincy

Simmonds to earn reward for Exeter form despite England snubJones set to follow footsteps of Wales compatriot WarburtonSam Simmonds is expected to be named on Thursday in the British & Irish Lions squad with Warren Gatland ready to spring a surpris…

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Sam Simmonds in line for Lions call with Alun Wyn Jones set for captaincy

Simmonds to earn reward for Exeter form despite England snubJones set to follow footsteps of Wales compatriot WarburtonSam Simmonds is expected to be named on Thursday in the British & Irish Lions squad with Warren Gatland ready to spring a surpris…

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Marcus Smith emerges as shock possible Lions pick for South Africa tour

Uncapped English fly-half said to have been sounded outSmith, 22, has been in fine form for Harlequins this seasonMarcus Smith has emerged as a shock potential “bolter” for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, the Guardian understands.Th…

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Toulouse beat Bordeaux-Bègles to reach first Champions Cup final since 2010

Semi-final: Toulouse 21-9 Bordeaux-BèglesToulouse to face La Rochelle or Leinster at TwickenhamToulouse will contest their first European Champions Cup final for 11 years after Antoine Dupont finally put an end to the valiant challenge of Bordeaux-Bègl…

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Toulouse beat Bordeaux-Bègles to reach first Champions Cup final since 2010

Semi-final: Toulouse 21-9 Bordeaux-BèglesToulouse to face La Rochelle or Leinster at TwickenhamToulouse will contest their first European Champions Cup final for 11 years after Antoine Dupont finally put an end to the valiant challenge of Bordeaux-Bègl…

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Twickenham to host European finals in front of up to 10,000 fans

Twickenham will replace Marseille for both club finalsSocial distancing will be in place and face masks compulsoryCrowds of up to 10,000 supporters will be admitted to the European finals next month after the tournament organisers announced that Twicke…

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Knee injury rules ‘heartbroken’ George North out in fresh blow to Lions tour

Veteran of two tours facing surgery after rupturing his ACLNorth’s absence is fresh setback after Joe Launchbury injuryGeorge North has been ruled out of the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa. The Wales back confirmed he will undergo knee …

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Lions reach Premiership Rugby deal over players but injury rules out Launchbury

England-based players available for Jersey camp and Japan TestWasps confirm ‘complete rupture’ of Launchbury’s ACL Warren Gatland will be able to call on players based in England for the British & Irish Lions warm-up camp in Jersey and pre-tour Tes…

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Marcus Smith’s late show gives 14-man Harlequins win over London Irish

London Irish 21-25 HarlequinsFly-half scores in final minute to boost play-off hopesIf Harlequins make it all the way to Twickenham for the Premiership final in June they can look back and pinpoint this last-gasp victory as a key reason why.Down to 14 …

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Sam Warburton backs Maro Itoje to captain Lions on South Africa tour

Former captain says England lock in good shape to lead touristsDarren Childs resigns as Premiership Rugby chief executiveSam Warburton has backed Maro Itoje to follow in his footsteps and captain the British & Irish Lions this summer in South Afric…

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Eddie Jones escapes sack but faces scrutiny by ‘external rugby experts’

England finished fifth in disappointing Six Nations displayCovid-19 impact and breakdown penalties identified as factorsEddie Jones has escaped the sack as England’s head coach but is set to be placed under greater scrutiny by a team of hand-picked, ex…

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Andy Farrell could still join Lions staff, reveals Warren Gatland

Gatland says door remains open to Ireland head coachIreland tour of Pacific Islands in considerable doubt Warren Gatland has revealed that Andy Farrell – his key lieutenant on the two previous British & Irish Lions tours – could still be added to t…

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Sand dunes, sing-songs and hydrotherapy: how Jersey will prime Lions | Gerard Meagher

The Lions’ two-week training camp in Jersey will be crucial when it comes to preparing the squad for South AfricaThe last victorious British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa was back in 1997 and though it was ultimately delivered by a swing of Je…

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Lions and Premiership clubs at loggerheads over player release

Tourists’ training camp clashes with league play-offsPlayers with English clubs could miss tour selectionThe player release row between the British & Irish Lions and Premiership clubs is set to rumble into next week amid claims from within the leag…

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Premiership Rugby plans midweek fixture shift in effort to bring back fans

PRL looks to move 14-16 May games to middle of the next weekEnglish teams’ European exits make move possiblePremiership Rugby is lining up midweek fixtures next month in an effort to welcome more crowds back into stadiums before the end of the season. …

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Scotland’s Steve Tandy set to join Gatland’s Lions coaching staff

Defence coach leading candidate for South Africa tourGregor Townsend expected to be attack coachScotland’s defensive mastermind Steve Tandy has emerged as a leading candidate to join the British & Irish Lions coaching staff with Warren Gatland forc…

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Alex Sanderson backs Sale to fly under radar to first Champions Cup semi

Sale’s director of rugby hopes a ‘wildcard scenario’ will help his side make club history away to La Rochelle on SaturdayThe received wisdom in Europe is that success comes only by learning from your failures and there are few better placed to pass jud…

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British & Irish Lions to tour South Africa with no England coaches

Gatland set to confirm assistants next weekMitchell to miss out and squad selection could be affectedThe British & Irish Lions coaching staff is set to include no members of the England setup for the first time this century with Warren Gatland due …