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Exclusive – Lions On Lions: Four 2005 Tourists Talk New Zealand

With the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand the first time the iconic side has faced the All Blacks in 12 years, Pundit Arena caught up with four 2005 tourists from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to get their thoughts on their experiences and what they hope for this summer. We spoke to Ireland’s Shane Byrne, Scotland’s Chris Cusiter, England’s Andy …

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The Five Greatest Ever British And Irish Lions Coaches

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Ian McGeechan, the Lions head coach looks on prior to the Second Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld on June 27, 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland may be the coach on everyone’s mind these days. With his potential selections for this year’s tour filling column inches, most people are focused on the players that might make the cut and how the potential 2017 edition of the Lions stacks up to the previous wearers of the famous red jersey. But what about the coach himself? …

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Six England ‘New Cap’ XVs For Every Era Since 1997

Every England coach brings in their own players and caps youngsters for the first time, but by compiling teams made up entirely of new caps under each successive coach, we are able to see why some of them succeeded and why some simply failed. Each side here tells a story of English rugby through the years. Clive Woodward New Caps …

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Sir Clive Woodward Insists A Six Nations Relegation Play-Off Is Needed

Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward has said a Six Nations relegation play-off is needed for the good of the competition. Writing for the Daily Mail, Woodward has expressed his concerns both for the competition and Italian rugby. His opinion is that Italy have become a part of the Six Nations cosy club, making them “soft and complacent”. …

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Dylan Hartley Receives Lenient Ban Following Strike On Sean O’Brien

Northampton Saints v Leinster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Although it seemed as if Dylan Hartley had turned a corner after being handed the England captaincy by Eddie Jones, the hooker hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend. After being introduced as a substitute during the Northampton Saints’ encounter with Leinster, Hartley only lasted only six minutes before being sent off for striking Sean O’Brien. WATCH: …

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Clive Woodward Blasts England Fans In Divisive Column

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Clive Woodward has never been afraid of voicing his strong opinions in public. As the northern hemisphere’s only World Cup winning coach, he may well have earned such a right and people are always willing to listen. At times Woodward can come across as distant, as his commentary can often be a little too subjective when dealing with England. However, he remains …

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5 Established Stars At Risk Of Missing Out On Lions Selection

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 3

Time is running out for a number of players to force their way into Lions reckoning. As interesting as it maybe, selecting a Lions squad so far in advance of the tour kicking off is pure folly. However, with limited international game time now available, players can certainly rule themselves out of the reckoning this early in the season. Although a …

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Sir Clive Woodward On Coaching England: ‘The Teamroom Was Electric. It Would Kick Off At Times’

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winning England team will forever go down as one of the greatest sides in English Rugby history. In the four years preceding England’s historic World Cup win in Sydney, the Red Rose had won three Six Nations titles, two Triple Crowns, one Grandslam and had never lost a home game at Twickenham. An astonishing run of success that saw Sir …

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England’s One-Cap Wonders (1997 to 2016): Do England Waste Talent?

Does England waste talent? It’s something fans of the Red Rose have been asking themselves for decades and it’s something a number of high-profile names in the game have accused the country of doing, including World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry. A while back this writer put together an England ‘Wasted Talent’ XV made up of players who were …

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Rugby’s Fortresses: The World’s Ten Most Daunting Stadiums

What are the most difficult stadiums to go to and win a test? Using winning percentages to rank the world’s international grounds, we have come up with a list of the top ten most daunting and intimidating places to play rugby for any visiting team. Anyone who has been to the Millennium Stadium during a sell-out and with the roof …

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England’s Got Talent: How The RFU Finally Got Its Act Together

The recently announced new ‘progressive partnership’ is the latest stage in the improving working relationship between England’s governing body the RFU and its clubs. However, there has been an incredible amount of work behind the scenes to sort out the player pathways into international rugby. Rob Andrew recently left the RFU having been its Director of Elite Rugby (with his …

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