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British and Irish Lions 2017: Flyhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland and Owen Farrell of England shake hands followinng the final whistle during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The ninth installment in the series takes a look at the options available to Warren Gatland and his coaching team at number ten for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. One of the most pivotal positions on a rugby pitch, only two out and out fly-halves were chosen for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia – …

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British and Irish Lions Tour 2017: Scrumhalf Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Ben Youngs of England celebrates scoring his sides third try during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The eighth instalment in the series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at scrumhalf for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with there being a number of experienced players with contrasting skill-sets to choose from. Ireland – Conor Murray, Kieran Marmion Conor Murray The favourite to don the number 9 jersey against the All Blacks, Murray …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Number 8 Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Lions

The seventh article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at number 8 for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. There are arguably only a limited number of world-class out-and-out number 8s with the experience and/or form to realistically secure a place in this Lions squad, meaning this article might be shorter than …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Openside Flanker Options

Guinness november series Aviva Stadium Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland’s Sean O'Brien

The sixth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at openside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with two players proposed from each country and three chosen in the conclusion (as was the case in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia). Ireland – Sean O’Brien, Josh van der …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Blindside Flanker Options

Lions Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland's CJ Stander tackled by Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand

The fifth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at blindside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. With recent injuries to Dan Lydiate and Chris Robshaw, the number six jersey might be slightly less competitive than previously thought. However, it will be no easy task attaining a place in Gatland’s initial Lions squad in …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Second Row Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: George Kruis (R) of Saracens celebrates with team mate Maro Itoje after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The fourth instalment in this series of articles will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at second row for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Arguably the toughest position in the squad to select, there are several in-form locks with bags of international experience who many would argue deserve a place in the initial Lions squad. However, …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Tighthead Prop Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dan Cole looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is the third instalment in a series of articles analysing Warren Gatland’s best options for each position from each nation, with this article looking at the tighthead props most likely to be selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is expected that three tighthead props will initially be chosen by Gatland and his coaching …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Hooking Options

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best during the warm up Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The second in a series looking at the best options from each country for each position, this article analyses the options Warren Gatland and his coaching team have at hooker for the upcoming British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is assumed that three hookers will initially be chosen in the preliminary Lions squad, as was the …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Loosehead Prop Options

Lions Ireland Rugby Tour South Africa 2016 1st Test Newlands Capetown 11/6/2016 South Africa Springboks vs Ireland Ireland’s Jack McGrath is tackled by Springboks Lwazi Mvovo Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

With the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand set to kick off on the 3rd of June at Toll Stadium, Whangarei, Warren Gatland has just under six months to select the 35 or so players he intends to take to New Zealand with the aim of winning only their second test series against the mighty All Blacks …

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Watch: First Use Of Video Review Technology In A FIFA Competition

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Japan’s reigning domestic champions Kashima Antlers became the first Asian side to reach the final of FIFA’s Club World Cup competition. In the process, they also became the first team to be awarded a penalty because of a video replay in any FIFA competition. According to BBC Sport, Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai was alerted to an incident in the penalty …

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