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BBC Poll Over 100,000 Rugby Fans To Create Their 2017 World XV

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08: The All Blacks perform the Haka prior to kickoff during the third test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on July 8, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The BBC have just totted up the numbers and produced their combined XV of 2017 after more than one hundred thousand teams were submitted to the British broadcaster by fans across the UK. In the end, five Englishmen made the cut while four New Zealanders were also included. Three Irishmen had such an extraordinary 2017 that they were impossible to …

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Sean O’Brien Reveals Details Of Phone Conversation With Warren Gatland

On Monday afternoon, the rugby world was rocked by some explosive comments from Warren Gatland as the Welsh coach announced that he would never again take charge of the Lions and that he ‘hated’ his recent experience with the Tourists.  In making his announcement, Gatland also stated that he had been heavily affected by recent comments made by Ireland’s Sean …

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The Accidental Offside Law That Has New Zealand Fans Up In Arms

British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand 2017 3rd Test, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 8/7/2017 New Zealand All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions Lions' Owen Farrell speaks with referee Romain Poite before he awarded an accidental offside Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roman Poite awarded a penalty to the All Blacks for offside late in this morning’s pulsating 15-15 draw in Auckland’s Eden Park. After a short review, he and the other officials decided to downgrade it to a scrum after adjudging Ken Owens to have been offside accidentally. What could have been an extremely kickable penalty, even if Beauden Barrett wasn’t at …

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Why The Lions Tour Is Good News For Eddie Jones And England

SANTA FE, ARGENTINA - JUNE 17: Eddie Jones, Head Coach of England looks on prior to the ICBC Cup match between Argentina and England at Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez on June 17, 2017 in Santa Fe, Santa Fe. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images,)

Whilst Eddie Jones has spent the summer working with the country’s next generation of exciting talent, coming away from the notoriously hostile environment of Argentina with a 2-0 series win, much of his core of senior players have been battling it out with New Zealand’s finest, which is great news for the men in white. Inevitably, the build-up to the …

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All Blacks Vs Lions: Why The Sinckler-Perenara Incident Shouldn’t Just Be Brushed Under The Carpet

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 01: A fight between TJ Perenara of the All Blacks and Kyle Sinckler breaks out on full time during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium on July 1, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Last weekend I wrote a piece on TJ Perenara’s behaviour towards the referee during the second Test of the Lions series, which included my opinion on the incident that involved both the scrum-half and the visitors’ Kyle Sinckler in an altercation after the final whistle. It is vitally important that we do not erode our sense of responsibility towards officials in …

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Steve Hansen Bemoans The Standard Of The Refereeing In The Lions Win


All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams was sent off early in the Lions’ famous second Test victory in Wellington last Saturday. The 31-year-old led with his shoulder into a tackle on Anthony Watson and left referee Jerome Garces little option but to dismiss him. The official was widely praised for his decision with many remarking those around him were trying …

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Record-Breaking Jones Ready To Silence The Doubters

When he takes to the field on Saturday, Alun-Wyn Jones will be playing in his ninth consecutive Test match for the British and Irish Lions, eclipsing the record set by Brian O’Driscoll. However, the big Welshman is not keen to reflect on records, even one that shows both real talent, consistency and longevity. Instead, there is only one focus on …

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Warren Gatland A Contender For All Blacks Post Come 2019

Auckland , New Zealand - 24 June 2017; British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, right, shakes hands with New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen prior to the First Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland is a contender for the coveted All Blacks coaching role in 2019. Hamilton-born Gatland has not hidden his desire to one day lead his country and ahead of Saturday’s series decider at Eden Park, his chances have been given a boost by New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew. Speaking to the …

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