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Twelve years after the Lions’ bloody battle in Pretoria, player welfare is still a concern

Attritional contests are things of the past but there has been no change to the exhausting number of games on the calendar Listen to anyone involved in the British & Irish Lions’ agonising defeat by South Africa in the second Test in 2009 and one w…

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US rugby sevens coach frustrated despite win over ‘pretty average’ Japan

US qualify for knockout stage with 17-7 victory over hostsChris Brown expresses disappointment with performanceChris Brown sounded keen to return to the dressing room and admonish his players, which felt a little incongruous since his team had just won…

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GB’s rugby sevens side give New Zealand scare before wild comeback

GB women’s team led at half-time but Black Ferns win 26-21British side will face Kenya next in Group AGreat Britain were so far ahead that, just for a moment, Tyla Nathan-Wong struggled to remember the score – “21-0 down, or however it was,” the New Ze…

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Rassie Erasmus offers to step aside as Lions officiating row rumbles on

South Africa’s director of rugby posts extraordinary videoErasmus been vocal in belief team harshly treated by refereeRassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, has filmed another extraordinary video calling into question the officiating during …

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Conor Murray: ‘South Africa’s Twitter gameplan is a funny, weird subplot | Robert Kitson

The Lions scrum-half played for Rassie Erasmus at Munster and knows about the ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine with Jacques NienaberIt is the snakes-and-ladders element of every British & Irish Lions tour that is so endlessly fascinating. For Conor Murr…

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Fiji’s sevens triumph is symbolic of their ‘work together, love one another’ spirit | Ben Ryan

The sunshine of successive Olympic golds will spread far and wide throughout a Pacific island community ravaged by CovidI got asked on Twitter why the Fijian players always cry when the national anthem is played. It’s true – most of the time that happe…

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Fiji’s sevens triumph is symbolic of their ‘work together, love one another’ spirit | Ben Ryan

The sunshine of successive Olympic golds will spread far and wide throughout a Pacific island community ravaged by CovidI got asked on Twitter why the Fijian players always cry when the national anthem is played. It’s true – most of the time that happe…

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Fiji stun All Blacks in rugby sevens final to win Olympic gold again

Tears as tiny Pacific nation taste glory again after emphatic winGB captain hits out over funding after defeat in bronze matchFiji’s rugby sevens team wrote another chapter in one of the great Olympic stories at the Tokyo Stadium, when they won the cou…

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The Breakdown | Warren Gatland calls on calm trio as Lions brace for South Africa storm

Lions head coach knows the Springboks will throw everything at his team and has picked a side to absorb that pressureThe last time the British & Irish Lions lost a Test series having taken an initial 1-0 lead was in Australia 20 years ago. They ha…

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Great Britain into sevens semi-finals after stunning comeback against USA

Men’s team win 26-21 having fallen 21 points behindThey face New Zealand in Wednesday’s semi-finalGreat Britain’s men reached the Olympic sevens semi-finals after an extraordinary fightback against the United States. Britain looked down and out after l…

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Great Britain into sevens semi-finals after stunning comeback against USA

Men’s team win 26-21 having fallen 21 points behindThey face New Zealand in Wednesday’s semi-finalGreat Britain’s men reached the Olympic sevens semi-finals after an extraordinary fightback against the United States. Britain looked down and out after l…

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Conor Murray and Mako Vunipola in British & Irish Lions side for second Test

Chris Harris also picked as Warren Gatland makes three changesDan Biggar is named at fly-half but must pass fitness testConor Murray, Chris Harris and Mako Vunipola have been called into the British & Irish Lions side to face South Africa in Saturd…

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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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All Blacks will play US Eagles at Washington NFL stadium in October

International at FedEx Field precedes Ireland in Las VegasSay it’s so, Joe: Biden’s a rugby fan – but who did he play for?The New Zealand All Blacks will return to the US in October, to play the USA at FedEx Field, home of the Washington NFL team. Rela…

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Silent sevens: Olympics fail to capture spirit from Rugby World Cup | Justin McCurry

An Olympic run by Japan’s sevens team would be the perfect antidote to the empty seats but their hopes hang in the balance after a rocky startThe last time Japan played an international match at Tokyo stadium, almost 50,000 people watched the greatest …

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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 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’ 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 …