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Lions Must Be Prepared For All Black Whirlwind

The first two Tests of the Lions tour of New Zealand have been decided by the team that asserted physical dominance, and the decider is unlikely to be any different. While many have rushed to describe Steve Hansen’s back-line selection as bold and daring, it is in fact nothing of the sort. He has simply identified a clear way for …

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Lions Bench Could Be the Key To Beating The All Blacks

With 62 minutes gone in Chicago, Ireland led the All Blacks 33-22. New Zealand had worked their way back into the match as is their wont, and looked poised to haul Ireland in. The All Blacks looked primed to launch a spectacular second half display to sink Ireland and extend their unbeaten run to 19 games. Just three minutes prior …

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Lions Tour: The All Blacks’ Five Most Dangerous Players

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)

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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Sir Clive Woodward Says Lions Win Could Herald New Era Of Northern Dominance

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Sir Clive Woodward is ‘quietly confident’ that the Lions will be ‘smiling’ following Saturday’s first test against the All Blacks at Eden Park. Woodward says that an All Blacks loss could signal that his perceived ‘sea change’ occurring in international rugby toward Northern Hemisphere dominance is complete. Woodward, who is flying to New Zealand to take up commentary duties, says …

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Lions 2017: Who Should Start In Midfield For The All Blacks Tests?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham London 27/2/2016 England vs Ireland England’s Owen Farrell and Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Lions partnerships and working combinations will all come under scrutiny over the coming weeks. And one of the most pivotal areas, the 10/12/13 Lions midfield axis, is an exciting one to cast our eye over first.  Owen Farrell should start the first Test at fly-half. His vision, playmaking ability and accurate goal kicking will be invaluable. Victorious in the Champions Cup …

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5 Uncapped New Zealanders Who Could Be Picked To Face The Lions

With the British & Irish Lions series in New Zealand, just around the corner, both Lions and All Black fans will be waiting in anticipation for the announcement of Steve Hansen’s New Zealand side. With this in mind, we have decided to take a look at 5 uncapped New Zealander’s who could potentially be included in Hansen’s squad as a …

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Watch: Brilliant Beauden Barrett Cross-Kick Montage Will Have Lions Worried

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes kicks during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Warning: the following video may be disturbing for optimistic Lions fans. If his scintillating running, passing and chip kicks weren’t enough, this year Beauden Barrett has unveiled his latest piece of attacking weaponry: the pinpoint, laser-guided cross-kick. As the video below shows, Barrett has learnt how to do the low cross-kick pioneered by Dan Carter, and actually taken it to …

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Sonny Bill Williams Latest All-Black In Danger Of Missing Lions Tour

Lions fever is hotting up and with it, the injury list for the All-Blacks is lengthening. Inspiring centre Sonny Bill Williams is the latest injury concern for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. Williams left the field during the Auckland Blues’ Super Rugby win over the NSW Waratahs with a head injury and did not reappear after the Head Injury Assessment (HIA). Blues’ …

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Watch: Best Tries From The 2013 British And Irish Lions Tour

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Alex Cuthbert of the Lions (R) celebrates with team mate Brian O'Driscoll after scoring a try during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With the excitement building for many British and Irish rugby fans, as the Lions tour edges ever closer, we whet your appetites a little by looking back at the best tries scored during the previous tour down under in 2013. With world-class players like Brian O’Driscoll, Israel Folau and Shane Williams on show, the 2013 Lions tour produced some fantastic …

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Can All Blacks Coach Hansen Afford To Ignore Hurricanes’ Aso And Laumape?

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Vince Aso of the Hurricanes makes a break past Joe Powell of the Brumbies during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Another week, another Hurricanes masterclass. The most lethal backline in world rugby rolled on, putting on 42 unanswered points in the second half to annihilate the Australian conference leaders the Brumbies 56-21. While Beauden Barrett’s red hot form again dominated the headlines, the drumbeat is growing louder to include the two men outside him in the All Black squad: Ngani …

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