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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 01: Maro Itoje of the Lions celebrates with the fans following their team's 24-21 victory during the second test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at the Westpac Stadium on July 1, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Winners And Losers As Lions Shock All Blacks In Second Test

What about that for a Test match! Superb tries, controversy and a Lions victory, it couldn’t have been a greater event for a sports fan. Now the dust has begun to settle after the nail-biting encounter, the analysis begins. Here are the winners and losers from the second Test. Winners Maro Itoje The performance of a warrior. Brodie Retallick ran …

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during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at XXXXXX on August 11, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

All Blacks Make Two Changes For All-Important Second Test Vs The Lions

After a world-class performance last week against the Lions, the All Blacks have been forced into two changes. Both these changes are consequences of injuries that occurred in the spectacular first Test. Fullback Ben Smith injured his head and has concussion after his efforts in Auckland. Meanwhile, Ryan Crotty limped off with a hamstring problem after just recovering from an …

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Three Lions Who Have Played Themselves Out Of Test Selection

The British and Irish Lions have drawn their final midweek game in New Zealand following a tense final 10 minutes against the Hurricanes. The midweek team have hardly took the world by storm against the Super Rugby outfits. Defeats against the Blues and Highlanders have had a huge effect on the morale of the midweek team and created a divide within the …

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2: Jonny Wilkinson of the Lions kicks during the second test match between New Zealand All Blacks and British and Irish Lions at the Westpac Stadium on July 2, 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jonny Wilkinson Identifies How The Lions Can Beat The All Blacks

England’s legendary fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has indicated that the Lions’ strength in defence will be imperative in any hope of victory ahead of the highly-anticipated first Test on Saturday morning. Throughout the tour the Lions have been immense in defence and this would have struck fear into the All Blacks. This is clearly shown by the dominant displays that Warren …

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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)

The Five Most Important Things We Learnt From The Lions Selection

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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South Africa v Samoa - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

Toulon Sign Leicester Tigers Winger JP Pietersen

Toulon have announced the signing of South Africa’s World Cup winning winger, JP Pietersen on a two-year contract from Leicester Tigers. This move was part of a busy day for both teams. Toulon had lost James O’Connor to Sale Sharks in the morning in a transfer that nobody saw coming. Meanwhile, Gareth Owen had just become a Tiger after leaving …

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Auckland , New Zealand - 16 June 2017; Beauden Barrett of New Zealand during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Samoa at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Lions Tour: The All Blacks’ Five Most Dangerous Players

With just a matter of days to go until the most anticipated Lions Test matches in history, the series is still impossible to predict. Many believe the Lions’ resolute defence and powerful forwards will prove more dominant than the All Blacks. On the other hand, many think the Lions simply cannot cope with the flair and all round skill set possessed …

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Maro Itoje of England scrummages during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s 15 Most Likely Lions

England are arguably now the best they’ve been since the 2007 Rugby World Cup. After their disappearance at the World Cup last year, the forwards are again terrorising their opposite numbers while Eddie Jones also has pace and creativity amongst his back line. Elsewhere, the Ford-Farrell axis creates the space for the lightning-quick Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph. With the Lions …

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Dylan Hartley of England sings the national anthem prior to the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on May 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

An England XV Made Up Of Players Born Abroad

England’s depth of players has never been in doubt. The population, the love of rugby and the funding pumped in outweighs other rugby-playing countries. Following many Under-20 World Cup wins, England claim to have the best youth system in the world, which it may be, but with help from abroad. However, as we know in international rugby, not everyone is as …

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Ireland players line up for the national anthem prior to the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Five Most Important Players For The 2016/17 Season

This is a big year for Irish rugby. The autumn internationals are on the horizon and preparing to do battle with Ireland are: New Zealand (twice), Canada and Australia. Although the Canada match should be straightforward for Joe Schmidt, the other three games are anything but that. New Zealand are proving that the loss of over 600 caps doesn’t bother …

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Exeter Chiefs v Saracens - Aviva Premiership

Aviva Premiership Team Of The Week: Round Two

We’ve completed the second round of the Aviva Premiership. At the Rec, Bath ran up a big scoreline, beating the Newcastle Falcons 58-5. The top two teams from last year battled it out at Sandy Park, however Saracens came away with an easy victory. Northampton Saints breezed past Bristol, meanwhile Harlequins overcame Sale. Wasps won at Welford road for the first …

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Munster Talisman Remains Positive Despite Facing Into Injury Lay-Off

Munster and Ireland have been dealt a significant injury blow with news that full back Simon Zebo has been ruled out of action for at least five weeks. The lay off is a result of sustaining a fractured rib in Munster’s opening PRO12 fixture away to the Scarlets last weekend. Thankfully for Munster fans, the Reds went onto win the game regardless with …

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Warren Gatland Drops Major Lions Captaincy Hint

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has described England captain Dylan Hartley as a man who has the right qualities needed to lead his side in New Zealand next year.  Gatland was appointed coach on Wednesday for a second time with hopes of winning on foreign soil again. Within the first day taking the role, he commented on the …

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