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Lions And Blues Player Ratings – From A Kiwi Perspective

during the match between the Auckland Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

An epic battle on Wednesday was decided by a brilliant second-half try by substitute Ihaia West, which gave the Blues a deserved 22-16 over the Lions at Eden Park. The Lions forward pack were strong and several All Black contenders made huge impressions. So how did the players rate? ________ British And Irish Lions 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) 6 Solid …

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Harlequins’ Kyle Sinckler To Be Named In Lions Squad As Surprise Bolter [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Kyle Sinckler of England runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In all of the bolter predictions for Warren Gatland’s Lions announcement on Wednesday, few (if any) would have thought to include Kyle Sinckler. The  24-year-old Harlequins prop, who made his England debut under Eddie Jones late last year but hasn’t started in any of his eight international appearances thus far, is reported to have done enough to impress Gatland ahead of …

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Andy Goode Selects His Lions 37-Man Squad

MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - DECEMBER 07: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, faces the media during the 2017 British & Irish Lions Coaching Team Announcement held at Carton House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With the Lions squad announcement drawing ever closer, speculation is sky-high as to which players will get the nod from Warren Gatland. With 37 seats on the plane to New Zealand available, there is going to be a wealth of talent left behind. Former England flyhalf and Pundit Arena columnist Andy Goode has selected the squad he would bring, and …

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A Potential England Squad To Tour Argentina

With England likely to have a significant number of their players on the Lions tour later this year, coach Eddie Jones has a chance to experiment with some second stringers and new players in a two test series against Argentina in the summer. Eddie Jones’ Current Crop Below we have named a squad of 32 (the same size as the …

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England Player Ratings V Ireland

After England lost their first game in 19 matches and missed out on a back-to-back Grand Slam – thanks to a superb Irish defence – we rate the entire England 23 out of 10. 1) Joe Marler A solid enough performance in the first half, but being replaced at half time was telling. He is likely to lose his spot …

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Eddie Jones Names England Squad To Face Ireland

England coach Eddie Jones has named a 25 man squad to prepare to take on Ireland on Saturday. The entire 23 from the 61 – 21 thrashing of Scotland is retained, with winger Jonny May and hooker Tommy Taylor also staying with the squad for this week’s preparations. Whilst it is very likely the coaches will select the same starting …

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England’s World Cup Squad Starts To Take Shape

As the second Six Nations in the latest World Cup cycle draws to a close this weekend, England’s plans for the next edition of the tournament in 2019 are moving up a gear – with almost as many as two thirds of the 31 man squad looking near certain to be selected for the competition in two years’ time. Barring …

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The England Team Eddie Jones Should Pick To Face Ireland

After England’s total demolition of Scotland on Saturday, Eddie Jones has some difficult selection decisions to make to finalise his 23 to take on Ireland in Dublin – with so much at stake. Should England be victorious, not only will they seal back-to-back grand slams, achieving ‘greatness’ as claimed by Jones, but also set a new world record for consecutive …

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England Player Ratings V Scotland

As England roared to a superb victory over Scotland and sealed back-to-back championships in the process, we rate all of the home team’s 23 out of 10. 1) Joe Marler Had the edge over Fagerson at scrum time early on. England’s pack was almost totally on top at scrum time in the match and Marler was part of a whole …

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Andy Goode Column: Jamie George Has A Better Chance Of Touring With The Lions Than Dylan Hartley

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Despite the positivity surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment it’s hard to see Scotland winning in Twickenham on Saturday. Vern Cotter has his side playing some wonderful attacking rugby, but you only have to look at how France bullied their tight five to see where England will be looking to win the game. Scotland will of course cause England problems through …

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