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New Zealand Vs The British & Irish Lions: Three Key Battles

As both Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland have shown their hands and revealed their respective squads, we know exactly who will take to the field on Saturday morning for the start of the serious business on this tour.   Over the course of their opening six games we’ve seen where the Lions’ strengths are and got a feel for how …

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Three Lions Who Have Played Themselves Out Of Test Selection

Dunedin , New Zealand - 13 June 2017; Jack Nowell of the British & Irish Lions following the match between the Highlanders and the British & Irish Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With four games played and a mixed return of two wins and two defeats the Lions have reached a critical juncture as they prepare to take on the New Zealand Maoris on Saturday. While the results have been mixed there could be little doubt that Warren Gatland has learned a lot about his squad over the past four games as …

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Five Players To Watch Out For On Ireland’s Summer Tour

Dublin , Ireland - 18 March 2017; Kieran Marmion of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the domestic season wrapped up, albeit in a disappointing fashion, our attention turns now to a busy summer of rugby on different sides of the world. While the amount of attention and hype the Lions Tour garners could easily have meant Ireland’s summer tour slipped under the radar, however with summer opposition, Japan, being drawn in Ireland’s World Cup …

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Three Areas The Lions Must Improve Ahead Of Blues Match

WHANGAREI, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 03: Warren Gatland the Lions head coach looks on during the match between the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the British & Irish Lions at Toll Stadium on June 3, 2017 in Whangarei, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After months of hype and excitement it would be fair to say that the opening game of the Lions tour did fall a little flat. A lack of cohesion was expected and evident to an even greater degree than we may have foreseen with the unforced error count being altogether too high for a team with as many top class …

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Four Irish Rugby Stars Facing Uncertain Futures

Munster Senior Cup Final, Irish Independent Park, Cork 26/2/2017 Cork Constitution vs Young Munster Ian Keatley of Young Munster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne`

While things are never perfect in rugby, the current landscape, from an Irish perspective, is generally quite positive. In the Six Nations Ireland have bounced back from their disappointing performance against Scotland by aggressively and professionally dispatching both Italy and France, while both the Under-20s and women’s side are three from three and still in the hunt for grand slams. …

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Six Nations 2017: Players To Watch Out For From Each Nation

The waiting is almost over as rugby fans across the Northern hemisphere prepare to be engulfed by the 2017 six nations campaign. While the tournament always holds a special place in the hearts of rugby fans, this years addition seems to have even more at stake with an air of unpredictability and the small matter of a Lions tour looming …

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Four Lessons Learned From Ireland’s Autumn Internationals

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 26: Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of Ireland issues instructions prior to the international match between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

While in rugby coaches often say they learn more about their players in defeat than in victory, there could be little doubt that someone as attentive to detail as Joe Schmidt learned a huge amount from Ireland’s successful November campaign. Having become just the second team in history to topple the three southern hemisphere powerhouses in the same year Ireland reaffirmed …

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