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The Positions Which Are Up For Grabs And The Lions Players Who Can Take Their Chance

Warren Gatland’s team announcement for the Hurricanes on Tuesday in Wellington raised more questions than answers. Much of the narrative in the preceding weeks have earmarked this last ‘midweek’ match as a dead rubber, one which the players involved would have little hope of breaking into the Test team.  However, due to Gatland’s mantra of giving players every opportunity to put themselves …

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Four Key Lessons From The First Lions Test Against New Zealand

1-0 to New Zealand and now the Lions have to do something they have done just once post war; win a series from behind.  And the Lions record against the side they did that against, Australia, has been much more of a happy hunting ground for the tourists than New Zealand. Warren Gatland has key lessons to learn for next …

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Sunday Times Journalist Takes A Pretty Pathetic Pop At The All Blacks

What a strangely bitter piece of writing this was… Despite an impressive performance early on against the All Blacks, the Lions were inevitably outclassed in their first Test at Eden Park on Saturday, losing by a comprehensive scoreline of 30-15. Although the general reaction to the game has been reasonably positive from both camps, it seems one journalist has decided to …

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“It’s About Protecting The Players” – Gatland Hits Out At All Blacks Targeting Of Conor Murray

Lions coach Warren Gatland has reacted angrily to how New Zealand charged down Conor Murray during Saturday’s opening Test in Auckland. Murray, who uses the box-kick to great effect for Munster, Ireland and the Lions, was hit a number of times and this frustrated Gatland who felt the All Blacks were going in late on the Limerick man. The Lions …

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Five Questions For The Lions And All Blacks Coaches Ahead Of The Second Test In Wellington

After a pulsating first Test in which the All Blacks out-Warrenballed the Lions 30-15, will we see any changes in tactics employed by coaches Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen for the second Test in Wellington? Will Gatland drop his captain, Peter O’Mahony? How will the All Blacks approach the game tactically? Here are the five biggest questions which need answers …

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QUIZ: It Hasn’t Even Been 24 Hours But How Well Do You Remember The Lions Loss To The All Blacks

Elliot Daly’s almost try, that Rieko Ioane brace, that Lions wonder-try finished off by Sean O’Brien, Codie Taylor’s ridiculous catch to pick the ball off his bootlaces….there were many memorable moments. But how well do you remember the finer details of Saturday’s first Test match between the Lions and the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland? No time limit …

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