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Earlier Than Expected Date For Lions Squad Announcement Heaps Pressure On Fringe Players

British and Irish Lions Press Conference

Late last week the British and Irish Lions media team circulated an email confirming that Warren Gatland would name his squad on April 19. The unveiling of the touring squad will be the centrepiece of a well coordinated day designed to facilitate the various media organisations from across the rugby world. However, while fans and commentators look forward to April 19 …

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How Ireland Could Lose To Wales And Still Win The Championship Even If England Beat Scotland

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

When Six Nations organisers first hinted at the introduction of the bonus point system, supporters were generally supportive of the idea. After all, bonus points are used in each of rugby’s most prestigious tournaments as a means of fostering attacking rugby. However, due to the format of the Six Nations, the bonus point system isn’t entirely fair. Indeed, John Feehan, the chief …

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Warren Gatland Set To Add Former England Prop To Lions Coaching Staff [Report]

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland looks set to bolster the British and Irish Lions backroom team with the addition of former England prop Graham Rowntree. According to ESPN, Rowntree will work in tandem with Steve Borthwick “focusing on the forwards and set-piece”. The appointment is in line with Gatland’s desire for continuity within the coaching set-up, with Andy Farrell and Rob Howley retaining their roles …

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Kurtley Beale Set To Leave Wasps At The End Of The Season

Wasps v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Wasps have this afternoon confirmed that Kurtley Beale will leave the club at the end of the season and return to Australia. Despite only joining the Premiership club last summer, there has been constant speculation hanging over his future, with Fox Sports hinting at his departure as early as last September. In February, ESPN then reported that Michael Cheika was preparing the ground …

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Detailing Ireland’s Chequered History With Wayne Barnes

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Writing in the Irish Times on Wednesday, Gavin Cummiskey summed up the apprehension felt by many Irish fans ahead of their side’s clash with Wales by headlining his article following Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement with “Referee the only concern as Schmidt names expected team”. Although Cummiskey’s headline raised some eyebrows, it’s fair to say that Ireland’s relationship with Wayne Barnes has been …

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Six Nations Championship Set For Controversial Overhaul As New Global Season Takes Shape

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Despite concerns raised over player welfare, concussion and recovery time, it looks as though the rugby’s governing body will reduce the duration of the Six Nations from seven to six weeks from 2020. Although The Telegraph had reported that English Premiership clubs were campaigning for the Six Nations to be condensed to five weeks, few expected Championship organisers or World …

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Former Leicester Tigers Coach Now Favourite To Take Over At Welford Road [Report]

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints - Aviva Premiership Final

The Leicester Tigers appear to be closing in on a replacement for Richard Cockerill, after the Leicester Mercury reported that Matt O’Connor is now to favourite to take over at Welford Road next season. The 46-year-old Australian had enjoyed four successful years at the Tigers after being appointed as backs coach by Heyneke Meyer, and was subsequently promoted to head coach …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 3

The Lions have toured on five occasions since the dawn of professionalism. When rugby turned professional in August 1995, many questioned whether or not touring sides such as the British and Irish Lions had a place in the modern game. However, since the dawn of professionalism, the Lions have toured on five occasions. Nevertheless, while the Lions may have struggled for …

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Ian Keatley Being Lined Up For Premiership Switch [Report]

Ian Keatley looks set to leave Munster this summer. Despite being previously linked with moves to La Rochelle and Bayonne, according to the Irish Independent, it now looks as though Ian Keatley will leave Munster for the Worcester Warriors this summer. The fly-half, who was recalled to the Irish squad during the early rounds of the Six Nations, had suffered …

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