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Warren Gatland To Demand Showdown Talks With Sean O’Brien For Lions Coach Criticism

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 10: (L-R) Warren Gatland the head coach of the Lions shakes hands with Sean O'Brien of the Lions following their team's 12-3 victory during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour match between the Crusaders and the British & Irish Lions at the AMI Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Former Lions coach Warren Gatland is to seek a meeting with Sean O’Brien regarding the player’s criticism of the coaching setup. According to multiple reports, Gatland and his coaching staff (including Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell) are said to be disappointed to the point of angry with the Ireland flanker’s comments, and he is almost certain to speak to O’Brien …

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Billy Vunipola Opens Up On His Decision To Withdraw From The Lions Tour

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Billy Vunipola talks during a Saracens media session at Saracens Training Centre on May 9, 2017 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Billy Vunipola has defended his decision to withdraw from the recent Lions tour of New Zealand, insisting his conscience wouldn’t allow him to go. The England number eight was initially called up as part of the squad to go down under, but he withdrew from the panel after the Premiership season ended to undergo shoulder surgery despite Warren Gatland’s request …

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Lions’ 2025 Tour Of Australia Could Be Set For A Major Shake-Up

The British and Lions could be set to face Argentina in a Test match for the first time in almost a century. In the post-World War 2 era, the Lions have usually only faced the southern hemisphere heavyweight trio of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on a Test basis but, according to the Telegraph on Thursday, the 2025 tour could also …

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Brian O’Driscoll Takes Aim At Warren Gatland For The ‘Geography Six’ Fiasco

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Former Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll has described the current situation as a “mess” amid growing criticism of Warren Gatland’s treatment of the so-called “Geography Six.” The Lions coach had initially been accused of devaluing the Lions shirt when selecting Kristian Dacey, Alan Dell, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Tom Francis, and Finn Russell to the squad primarily due to the fact that …

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Brian O’Driscoll Outlines Why Peter O’Mahony Is The Perfect Choice As Lions Captain

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 23: Peter O'Mahony, who will captain the British & Irish Lions in the first test against the New Zealand All Blacks, poses at Eden Park on June 23, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony will lead the Lions out on Eden Park on Saturday, in the first Test against the All Blacks. The decision taken by Warren Gatland earlier in the week has been met with near-universal acclaim, with many seeing vast leadership ability in the 27-year-old Munster flanker especially after the display against the Maori All Black last weekend. One …

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Shane Horgan And Lawrence Dallaglio Remember Roy Keane’s ‘Uninspiring’ Lions Talk In 2005

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Shane Horgan and Lawrence Dallaglio’s retrospective of the disastrous 2005 Lions tour features a cameo from one Roy Keane. The tour is notorious for several reasons, most notably the injury suffered by Brian O’Driscoll just minutes into the first Test and the severely ill-judged appointment of Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell as PR manager, but according to Horgan, Keane foresaw …

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