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Three Reasons Why Warren Gatland Deserves Huge Credit

As the British and Irish Lions reflect on the last seven weeks, they can take immense pride in what they have achieved. Many people didn’t give them a prayer when they left home soil at the end of May but they came together brilliantly and played a key role in a truly epic series. They may not have managed to …

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The Top Four Candidates Right Now For 2021 Lions Captaincy

There’s much debate at present about future Lions tours even occurring due to increased demands on players and domestic competition dates.  However, assuming the 2021 Lions will tour South Africa, as per recent tour cycles, who will lead them on this next venture? Here are four candidates who toured New Zealand this summer. ________ 4. Peter O’Mahony Peter O’Mahony captained …

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The Most Gatland-Esque Lions XV Warren Gatland Can Select

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions and Wales coach Warren Gatland is known for his ‘Warrenball’ style of play: winning the collisions, getting over the gainline, defensive intensity, raw physicality and earning the right to go wide. Although Wales have sought to play a more expansive game recently, it will be interesting to see if Wales will persevere with this new approach if it doesn’t …

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Which Team Will Finally Bring The All Blacks’ Incredible Winning Run To An End?

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Kieran Read and Israel Dagg of New Zealand perform the haka with the team prior to the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s 41-13 thrashing of South Africa effectively handed them their fourth Rugby Championship in five years and extended their superb unbeaten record to an incredible fourteen games. The win in Christchurch means Steve Hansen’s men are only two games away from equalling South Africa’s 17-match unbeaten streak, the world record for the most unbeaten games in a row by …

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Twitter Reacts to Ireland’s Seismic Win on South African Soil

Ireland recorded a brilliant 26-20 win over South Africa. Ireland opening test in their three test tour of South Africa has ended in a win following a thoroughly impressive performance in Cape Town. It’s Ireland first ever win against The Springboks in South Africa, which illustrates the magnitude of the achievement. Despite an early red card for CJ Stander, Ireland’s …

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Opinion: We Saw Some Actual Rugby On Saturday

<> at Principality Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

After last weekend’s woeful displays in the Six Nations we saw some actual rugby being played yesterday. The highlight on paper was France vs Ireland, but the true highlight of the day, and possibly of the weekend, was Wales vs Scotland. We always knew Wales and Scotland could fling the ball wide and play with abandon, but they showed us …

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Northern Hemisphere Countries Lacking Basic Rugby Tactics

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

The 36 phases Ireland went through against Wales were an example of no depth or width in attacking play. Sure it was raining and handling was tricky, footing might even have been a tad unsure, but it was no excuse. Wales were flat quite a bit too, but they played a wide game, which would have made them more succesful, …

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Munster Coaches Are Up For Review

At the start of the Six Nations, Munster will review the position of all their coaching staff the Irish Independent reported today. For Munster fans this might come as a relief after a very dismal period. However, Munster’s bosses have indicated it is because contracts are running out. Ian Costello, Brian Walsh, Mick O’Driscoll and Jerry Flannery all have contracts …

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Analysing Munster’s Lack Of Leadership

Munster were dealt a heavy blow by their Parisian opponents at the weekend. Instead of standing their ground like the redcoats that wrecked havoc on Ireland and terrorised the province for so long, they were like the old British cavalry – impressive on a paddock but shambolic when it matters. And as the great Irish general Wellesley cursed his cavalry, so do …

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Munster Make Six Changes For Stade Francais

Munster face a must win game in Paris. Munster coach, Anthony Foley, has made six changes to the side that beat Ulster in Belfast for this weekend’s must win clash with Stade Francais. Foley has kept faith with the potentially exciting centre partnership of Rory Scannell and Francis Saili in midfield. Indeed Scannell’s form is such that he seems to have …

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Assessing The Candidates For Ireland’s Captaincy

The discussion is raging about who should be the new captain of the national rugby team. Not just in England, but also in Ireland. Joe Schmidt’s decision might not be as high profile as Eddie Jones’s, but it is just as important, maybe more so. Ireland are defending Six Nations champions and are looking to defend the title. With the …

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