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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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The Five Most Important Things We Learnt From The Lions Selection

Christchurch , New Zealand - 10 June 2017; Peter O'Mahony of the British & Irish Lions following the match between Crusaders and the British & Irish Lions at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It’s felt like a lifetime of waiting but the Lions and the All Blacks will finally do battle this Saturday. Since landing down under certain players have firmly put themselves straight into that starting team for the first test. However, up until the selection, most fans could only guess who would be playing in what position.  The left wing, the back row and George …

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Francis Saili Is Leaving Munster For The Aviva Premiership

One of the narratives throughout Munster’s season was which centre they would be keeping on the books for next season. It was a battle between Jaco Taute and Francis Saili with the South African winning out in that particular tussle.  Saili didn’t hit the heights which many would have expected of him throughout his tenure at Munster but he did …

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All Black Fan Pokes Fun At Lions, Sells ‘Rare’ Try In Online Auction

As Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland’s sniping ramps up tension before the first Test, a cheeky All Blacks fan has provided a bit of light-hearted relief by auctioning off a ‘rare’ Lions try online. The ‘try for sale’, which was listed in the ‘antiques and collectibles’ category of the Trade Me auction site, took aim at the conservative so-called ‘Warrenball’ …

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Report: Rassie Erasmus Has Triggered Six Months’ Notice Clause In Munster Contract

Munster’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has triggered a six-months’ notice clause in his contract that will allow him to leave the southern province for a job at the helm of the South African national side according to a report published by the Irish Independent this morning. Following Munster’s comprehensive Champions Cup semi-final defeat to the competition’s eventual winners, Saracens, in …

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Player Ratings From The All Blacks Masterclass Against Samoa

The All Blacks’ first game of the season is traditionally one when the players shake off the rust and is usually characterised by unforced errors and misfiring combinations. Not at Eden Park. Not in 2017. So which players booked their places for the first test against the Lions in the 78-0 thrashing of Samoa? 15 Ben Smith 8.5 It gets …

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