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Master Management Needed To Keep Johnny Sexton Fresh For Lions Duty

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Sexton receives treatment to his right leg during the Ireland captain's run at the Aviva Stadium on March 17, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Johnny Sexton looks set to be the Lions’ first choice fly-half this summer, but there’s one persistent worry surrounding the Leinster playmaker: injury.  If Sexton is to be fit for all three Tests against the All Blacks then Gatland will need to be very careful in what games Sexton can play before the first meeting at Eden Park. Prior to the …

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Ireland Deliver The Performance We’ve Been Longing For

Historic. The one word you can use to describe what Saturday, June 11, 2016 means to Irish rugby players, coaches and fans. The day Ireland became the first country in the world to beat both South Africa and New Zealand on the same day, and the day we realised that the future of this sport is in good hands in this …

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New Zealand’s ‘New’ Era Looks Scaringly Familiar For The Chasing Nations

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of football. A relentless, highly-competitive individual with a special eye for talent, Ferguson brought 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles to Old Trafford during his time in charge. The Glaswegian spent 27 years as United’s number one and …

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Opinion: The Wales XV Gatland Should Have Picked For First Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland of Wales looks on before the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales kick off their three Test series against New Zealand this Saturday, with Warren Gatland’s men looking for a first ever win in the land of the long white cloud. Here’s the XV I think Gatland should have picked for Saturday’s huge challenge (You can read about Gatland’s actual selection here). 15. Liam Williams: The 25-year-old was uncharacteristically below-par against England, …

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No New Caps For The All Blacks As Hansen Confirms His Starting XV

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has opted against handing out any new debuts in naming his team for Saturday’s first Test against Wales.  In their first Test since winning last year’s World Cup, the All Blacks coach has made six changes in all to the team that started the final. There are no new caps, with Aaron Cruden beating off the …

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Jones Leaning Towards A Surprise Inclusion For The Wallabies Test

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 17, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ben Te’o could be handed the inside centre position for England’s first test against Australia this coming Saturday. According to Steve James in The Daily Telegraph, it seems very likely Te’o will start with Owen Farrell moving to his favoured position of fly-half. This would mean George Ford dropping down to the bench. Te’o, who is a rugby league convert …

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All Eyes Will Now Be On Ireland’s Paddy Jackson In South Africa

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 08: Paddy Jackson of Ireland catches the ball during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In rugby, and in any other professional sport, you never quite know when you’re number is going to be called upon. Whether it’s Stephen Donald being drafted into New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup squad while he was away on a fishing trip or if it’s Tom Brady replacing an injured Drew Bledsoe, you never know when it’s going be your turn to …

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