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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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When And Where You Can Watch England And Ireland’s Summer Tests

England and Ireland kick off their summer tours this weekend and with the British and Irish Lions claiming many of the regular starters we have become accustomed to, new faces are set to feature. With the Lions tour grabbing the headlines at every turn, England boss Eddie Jones and his Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt have been left alone to continue the …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Starting XV To Face United States

Ireland Rugby Press Conference, Carton House, Co. Kildare 31/5/2017 Head coach Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt has named the starting team to face the USA in New York this Saturday, With almost a dozen regulars in New Zealand on Lions duty, Schmidt has the chance to experiment with his squad ahead of the autumn internationals. Likewise, the youngsters and fringe players temporarily elevated to Ireland starters will be looking to impress the coach and argue …

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Lions Scrum-Half Picks Out Key New Zealand Man That Must Be Stopped

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 07: (L-R) Hame Faiva, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Charlie Faumuina, Rieko Ioane, Sam Nock, Sonny Bill Williams and Stephen Perofeta of the Blues celebrate after winning the match between the Auckland Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Welsh scrum-half Rhys Webb has admitted that the British and Irish Lions must do all that they can to stop ‘monster’ All-Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams if they are to have any success on their tour of New Zealand this summer. Williams both conjured and set up two moments of world-class play which handed the Lions their first tour defeat at the …

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Is ‘Chaos’ The Right Word For The Lions To Describe The Attacking Threat Of New Zealand?

LA PLATA, ARGENTINA - SEPTEMBER 29: The All Blacks celebrate after winning the inaugural Rugby Chamionship after their victory in the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The new buzz word amongst the Lions coaching management is ‘chaos’. Lions assistant coach, and attack guru, Rob Howley used the word to describe New Zealand’s lethal form of unstructured rugby nine times in Tuesday’s press conference. But has he chosen the wrong word in helping the Lions to prepare for the challenges ahead? If you watch highlights of the …

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Alun Wyn Jones To Captain Lions Against Crusaders This Weekend

during the match between the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and British & Irish Lions at Toll Stadium on June 3, 2017 in Whangarei, New Zealand.

After a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Blues, Warren Gatland has announced a rejigged team for the Crusaders match on Saturday.  Wales and Lions veteran Alun Wyn Jones will lead the Lions for the third game of the tour as the Lions look to return to winning ways against the unbeaten Christchurch outfit. Jonathan Davies, Conor Murray, George North …

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Lions And Blues Player Ratings – From A Kiwi Perspective

during the match between the Auckland Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

An epic battle on Wednesday was decided by a brilliant second-half try by substitute Ihaia West, which gave the Blues a deserved 22-16 over the Lions at Eden Park. The Lions forward pack were strong and several All Black contenders made huge impressions. So how did the players rate? ________ British And Irish Lions 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) 6 Solid …

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British And Irish Lions As Relevant As Ever In Professional Rugby World

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 07: The Lions players observe a minutes silence in remembrance to the the victims of the London Bridge terror attack prior to kickoff during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour match between the Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Much has been made of the Lions’ commitment to off-pitch pleasantries since landing in New Zealand last week. Seldom is a day not punctuated by a school visit or official welcome and woe betide a tourist forced to go 24 hours without respectfully receiving some manner of Haka. Warren Gatland has spoken at length about the importance of appreciating Kiwi culture and …

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