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Lions and Springboks' clash in Cape Town has the makings of a classic
# First Test
# First Test

Lions and Springboks' clash in Cape Town has the makings of a classic

1 hour ago 1,359 Views 0 Comments

Warren Gatland’s tourists will need to get out in front in the first half.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'I’ve got nothing to prove to them... I don’t have any sour grapes'
# Prolific
# Prolific

'I’ve got nothing to prove to them... I don’t have any sour grapes'

10 hours ago 8,232 Views 2 Comments

Duhan van der Merwe is excited to play against the Springboks’ Cheslin Kolbe.

Irish Independent ends Neil Francis' contract after comments about Lions out-half Marcus Smith
# End Of The Road
# End Of The Road

Irish Independent ends Neil Francis' contract after comments about Lions out-half Marcus Smith

14 hours ago 84,346 Views 99 Comments

Francis said he apologised ‘for any offence taken’, adding that he would ‘never intentionally or wilfully make a comment to disparage somebody on the basis of the colour of anyone’s skin.’

Eddie Jones loses another assistant coach as John Mitchell returns to Wasps
# Another Man Gone
# Another Man Gone

Eddie Jones loses another assistant coach as John Mitchell returns to Wasps

14 hours ago 4,394 Views 1 Comment

Mitchell follows coaches Simon Amor and Jason Ryles out the exit door.

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
# TV Guide
# TV Guide

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport

17 hours ago 29,995 Views 6 Comments

The British & Irish Lions play their opening test match against South Africa, while Tokyo 2020 finally kicks-off.

Springboks defend style of play - and the appointment of a South African as TMO
# Mind Games
# Mind Games

Springboks defend style of play - and the appointment of a South African as TMO

17 hours ago 4,285 Views 0 Comments

South African coach has also justified their decision to pick seven players who tested positive for Covid in the last month.

Aki 'has been brilliant' in helping Henshaw prepare for first Lions Test start
# Support
# Support

Aki 'has been brilliant' in helping Henshaw prepare for first Lions Test start

21 hours ago 7,586 Views 3 Comments

The Leinster and Ireland centre has overcome a hamstring injury to face the Springboks.

New Zealand border closure puts Rugby Championship in doubt
# Uncertainty
# Uncertainty

New Zealand border closure puts Rugby Championship in doubt

23 hours ago 5,571 Views 0 Comments

Australia’s latest Covid-19 outbreak popped its trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand.

'There was no plan B' - The Lions Test series won't have a neutral TMO
# Controversial
# Controversial

'There was no plan B' - The Lions Test series won't have a neutral TMO

23 hours ago 8,930 Views 8 Comments

South African official Marius Jonker will be the television match official.

Rugby - Thursday 22 July, 2021

'It's an absolute miracle we've got to this point' - a South African take on the Lions tour
# Springboks
# Springboks

'It's an absolute miracle we've got to this point' - a South African take on the Lions tour

Updated Thu 10:48 PM 13,520 Views 1 Comment

Pretoria-based journalist Brenden Nel speaks to Gavan Casey and Ciaran Kennedy ahead of Saturday’s first Test on the latest episode of The Punt.

Ireland Sevens captain one of four uncapped players in Griggs' 39-strong training squad
# Back At It
# Back At It

Ireland Sevens captain one of four uncapped players in Griggs' 39-strong training squad

Thu 4:47 PM 4,984 Views 0 Comments

Lucy Mulhall, Kathryn Buggy, Mary Healy and Sam Monaghan are the new faces on board.

Leinster assistant Hugh Hogan joins Scarlets as defence coach
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Leinster assistant Hugh Hogan joins Scarlets as defence coach

Thu 4:11 PM 6,870 Views 5 Comments

Hogan is the latest young Irish coach to head abroad.

'I've had a lot of ups and downs. The road to here hasn't always been easy'
# Bray Boy
# Bray Boy

'I've had a lot of ups and downs. The road to here hasn't always been easy'

Thu 2:59 PM 8,716 Views 12 Comments

Leinster and Ireland man Jack Conan starts for the Lions on Saturday.

Lions lack proven combinations but Gatland has picked an exciting side
# Test XV
# Test XV

Lions lack proven combinations but Gatland has picked an exciting side

Updated Thu 12:05 PM 17,495 Views 8 Comments

There is plenty of unknown about the tourists’ starting XV.

Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup in England due to Covid concerns
# Due North
# Due North

Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup in England due to Covid concerns

Thu 8:45 AM 5,682 Views 9 Comments

The tournament is due to get underway in October.

'We're expected to lift the intensity and physicality' – Elstadt aiming to make impact off Boks bench
# Packing A Punch
# Packing A Punch

'We're expected to lift the intensity and physicality' – Elstadt aiming to make impact off Boks bench

Thu 7:30 AM 4,375 Views 2 Comments

The versatile Toulouse forward has been named among the replacements for the opening Test against the Lions.

Rugby - Wednesday 21 July, 2021

Adams loses out as Van der Merwe readies himself for 'verbals' from Boks
# Wing Man
# Wing Man

Adams loses out as Van der Merwe readies himself for 'verbals' from Boks

Wed 7:00 PM 9,643 Views 4 Comments

The Scotland wing starts in the number 11 shirt after Warren Gatland made a tough call.

'When I was told there was a chance, it was bordering on the surreal' - AWJ
# Skipper
# Skipper

'When I was told there was a chance, it was bordering on the surreal' - AWJ

Wed 3:30 PM 5,614 Views 1 Comment

The Lions captain will start against the Springboks this weekend.

Price, Van der Merwe and Conan bolt their way into the Lions' starting Test XV
# Selection
# Selection

Price, Van der Merwe and Conan bolt their way into the Lions' starting Test XV

Updated Wed 3:06 PM 24,013 Views 11 Comments

Warren Gatland has never been afraid to make bold selection calls.

Conor Murray has an important role to play off the Lions bench - Gatland
# 9
# 9

Conor Murray has an important role to play off the Lions bench - Gatland

Wed 1:42 PM 11,455 Views 10 Comments

Ali Price has been named to start at scrum-half against the Springboks.

Leinster reunited with Montpellier as provinces learn Champions Cup pool-stage opponents
# Draw
# Draw

Leinster reunited with Montpellier as provinces learn Champions Cup pool-stage opponents

Wed 12:57 PM 21,926 Views 6 Comments

The provinces will play each pool opponent home and away in a bid to reach the two-legged Round of 16.

Henshaw, Furlong and Conan start for Gatland's Lions in the first Test
# Team News
# Team News

Henshaw, Furlong and Conan start for Gatland's Lions in the first Test

Wed 10:00 AM 34,403 Views 37 Comments

Conor Murray and Tadhg Beirne have been included on the bench.

Familiarity breeds confidence for De Allende as part of powerful Springboks backline
# Same Old Faces
# Same Old Faces

Familiarity breeds confidence for De Allende as part of powerful Springboks backline

Wed 7:45 AM 5,235 Views 4 Comments

South Africa’s starting backline from the 2019 World Cup final will line out again for the first Test against the Lions.

Rugby - Tuesday 20 July, 2021

'The last time I was in Nigeria, I saw a little boy with a Lions top on'
# Global Game
# Global Game

'The last time I was in Nigeria, I saw a little boy with a Lions top on'

Tue 10:00 PM 12,095 Views 2 Comments

Maro Itoje is set to play a huge role for the Lions in what will be his second Test series.

Conan set to start as Gatland brings Test team announcement forward
# Surprises
# Surprises

Conan set to start as Gatland brings Test team announcement forward

Tue 9:32 PM 51,371 Views 45 Comments

Conor Murray may have to settle for a place on the bench against the Springboks.

Best defends Schmidt's 'pressurised' Ireland environment following Tuohy criticism
# Horses For Courses
# Horses For Courses

Best defends Schmidt's 'pressurised' Ireland environment following Tuohy criticism

Tue 8:04 PM 39,353 Views 16 Comments

Former Ulster and Ireland lock Tuohy told the Telf Rugby podcast last month that players often felt ‘belittled and scared’ under Schmidt’s watch.

Nienaber explains why Springboks have ditched famed 6/2 bench split for first Lions Test
# Bomb Squad
# Bomb Squad

Nienaber explains why Springboks have ditched famed 6/2 bench split for first Lions Test

Tue 4:33 PM 8,822 Views 5 Comments

South Africa named their team for Saturday’s opening Test earlier today.

Confirmed: All three Lions Tests will take place at sea level in Cape Town
# Mother City
# Mother City

Confirmed: All three Lions Tests will take place at sea level in Cape Town

Tue 3:58 PM 3,267 Views 0 Comments

Johannesburg is at the centre of the third wave of Covid-19 in South Africa.

Vegas trip with Furlong chief among Watson's fond Lions memories
# Back Three
# Back Three

Vegas trip with Furlong chief among Watson's fond Lions memories

Tue 3:40 PM 11,702 Views 0 Comments

The 27-year-old started all three Tests last time

Kolisi back as captain as Springboks name team for opening Test of Lions series
# Boks Office
# Boks Office

Kolisi back as captain as Springboks name team for opening Test of Lions series

Tue 1:06 PM 10,513 Views 7 Comments

South Africa have named the same backline that started the 2019 World Cup final.

Georgia rugby coach 'stable' in hospital with lung damage following Covid-19
# Levan Maisashvili
# Levan Maisashvili

Georgia rugby coach 'stable' in hospital with lung damage following Covid-19

Tue 8:33 AM 4,536 Views 0 Comments

Levan Maisashvili remains in hospital in South Africa.

The Lions know what's coming but it's another story stopping the Boks
# Style Of Play
# Style Of Play

The Lions know what's coming but it's another story stopping the Boks

Tue 6:15 AM 4,473 Views 0 Comments

Warren Gatland’s Wales came close to beating the South Africans at the 2019 World Cup.

Rugby - Monday 19 July, 2021

'Having our wives and partners here, the kids running around, it's great'
# Family Comes First
# Family Comes First

'Having our wives and partners here, the kids running around, it's great'

Mon 10:00 PM 10,050 Views 4 Comments

The Lions are missing their loved ones but the Springboks have brought families into their bubble.

Furlong looks a certainty but plenty of Irish hopes for Lions' Test 23
# Key Man
# Key Man

Furlong looks a certainty but plenty of Irish hopes for Lions' Test 23

Mon 8:00 PM 28,732 Views 5 Comments

Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw were pre-tour favourites to start.

'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best
# Locks
# Locks

'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best

Updated Mon 5:29 PM 22,946 Views 14 Comments

The ex-Ireland captain also believes Johnny Sexton should have been called up.

'We’ll be ready' - Return of influential Pollard a huge boost for the Boks
# Tactician
# Tactician

'We’ll be ready' - Return of influential Pollard a huge boost for the Boks

Mon 4:14 PM 3,995 Views 1 Comment

The 27-year-old out-half is out of Covid isolation ahead of the first Lions Test.

Richard Cockerill leaves Edinburgh to ‘pursue other opportunities’
# Surprise Exit
# Surprise Exit

Richard Cockerill leaves Edinburgh to ‘pursue other opportunities’

Mon 12:29 PM 7,653 Views 9 Comments

Cockerill signed a two-year contract extension last summer.

'It's big boy rugby, isn't it?' - DJ Furlong fired up for the Springboks
# First Test
# First Test

'It's big boy rugby, isn't it?' - DJ Furlong fired up for the Springboks

Mon 12:28 PM 11,571 Views 4 Comments

The Ireland tighthead prop is relishing the set-piece battle this weekend.

Williams on track to return from head injury for Lions' first Test
# Injury Update
# Injury Update

Williams on track to return from head injury for Lions' first Test

Mon 11:13 AM 3,514 Views 1 Comment

The Irish contingent are all fit and available to face the Springboks.

Rugby - Sunday 18 July, 2021

Springboks' first Test XV is almost as uncertain as Gatland's Lions team
# Concerns
# Concerns

Springboks' first Test XV is almost as uncertain as Gatland's Lions team

Sun 7:23 PM 7,896 Views 2 Comments

The Boks’ Covid-19 outbreak means some players haven’t been able to play or train.

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