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Sir Ian McGeechan Picks His Lions XV Dream Team

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 04: Lions' head coach Ian McGeechan celebrates after the Lions victory in the Third Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at Ellis Park Stadium on July 4, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As someone who coached the Lions on four separate tours (and played on two others), Sir Ian McGeechan is better qualified than most to give his opinion on the best players to don the famous red shirt. The former Scotland international was in charge of the Lions in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009 (as well as coaching the midweek games …

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Watch: Martin Johnson and Gavin Hastings Agree Nobody Comes Close To Maro Itoje As Lions Second-Row

Speculation over the British and Irish Lions squad continues and ahead of Warren Gatland’s official announcement in less than a weeks time, Lions legends Martin Johnson and Gavin Hastings have been discussing the highly competitive second row. The recently concluded Six Nations championship showcased the ridiculous strength and depth of talent in the second row of the four home nations, …

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Paul O’Connell And Martin Johnson Pick Their ‘Lions XV’ From Round 4 Of The Six Nations

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: British & Irish Lions Ambassador Martin Johnson of England addresses the media during the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour Media Briefing at The Gherkin on January 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The penultimate round of 2017 Six Nations fixtures saw England claim the championship prize for the second year running, while Wales ground out a victory against Ireland to keep their chances of finishing second alive. As has been the case throughout the tournament, Lions shirt sponsors Standard Life Investments have enlisted legends Paul O’Connell, Martin Johnson, Shane Williams and Gavin …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

Australia v British & Irish Lions: Game 3

The Lions have toured on five occasions since the dawn of professionalism. When rugby turned professional in August 1995, many questioned whether or not touring sides such as the British and Irish Lions had a place in the modern game. However, since the dawn of professionalism, the Lions have toured on five occasions. Nevertheless, while the Lions may have struggled for …

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Paul O’Connell And Martin Johnson Pick Their ‘Lions XV’ From Round 3 Of The Six Nations

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Paul O'Connell of the British & Irish Lions looks on during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The third round of Six Nations fixtures effectively saw this year’s championship become a three-horse race. England kept their hopes of back-to-back grand slams alive, albeit with an unconvincing win against a strong tactical display from Conor O’Shea and Italy, while Ireland ground out a win against France in Dublin on Saturday. Scotland, however, gave arguably the strongest performance of the …

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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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Brian O’Driscoll, Martin Johnson And Gavin Hastings All Back The Same Candidate To Skipper The Lions

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 6: Former Ireland international Brian O'Driscoll working as a television pundit before the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Ulster Rugby and Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Chalres McQuillan/Getty Images)

Despite only being two games into the Six Nations, already there seems to be a consensus emerging when it comes to the Lions captaincy. Prior to the Championship kicking off, Rory Best, Sam Warburton, Dylan Hartley and Alun Wyn Jones were all said to be front-runners for the position, but circumstances have seen some of the leading candidates drop out …

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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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Clive Woodward Reveals Real Reason For Martin Johnson Red Carpet Incident

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 30: England players line up for their National Anthem during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, Ireland on March 30, 2003. (Photo By Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Ireland-England games are generally tense, feisty affairs at the best of times, but when a grand slam is on the line it generally adds another layer of intensity to what is often a fiery and fervent occasion. Sir Clive Woodward’s 2003 England team were a highly abrasive, confrontational group of players that had steamrolled their way through the first four rounds of the Six …

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Opinion: Why Is No One Calling For Steffon Armitage To Return As England’s Openside?

Steffon Armitage would surely have received a call-up to Eddie Jones’ squad had he moved back to England in the summer. However, given the crisis at openside ahead of the Autumn internationals, why aren’t people calling for his selection as an “exceptional circumstance”? It’s summer 2015. A World Cup is about to be played on home soil and you have been drawn …

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Where Does England’s Danny Cipriani Rank In Eddie Jones’ Pecking Order At Fly-Half?

For England’s Danny Cipriani, the past is a foreign country that he can’t quite depart from; a brilliantly talented player, he has been permanently pigeonholed as a liability because of his previous misdemeanours. Despite flourishing at a vibrant Wasps outfit this season, he didn’t even make Eddie Jones’ expanded 45-man EPS squad for this coming international window. So, where exactly does …

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Andy Goode Column: The Saracens Players Have Been Taking The Mickey Out Of Chris Ashton

Chris Ashton was rightly slammed for biting Northampton’s Alex Waller last weekend. It was a moment of sheer recklessness, where the winger allowed the red mist come down. Although some people were saying that there were mitigating circumstances, and that Waller shoved his forearm in Ashton’s face, I think the Saracens player was a bit lucky to get away with a …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

0 Jul 2001: The Lions injured consisting of (l to r) Brian O''Driscoll, Rob Henderson and Jonny Wilkinson watch training in Manly, Sydney, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/ALLSPORT

The dawn of the professional era cast much doubt over the sustainability of the infamous British and Irish Lions tours. However, despite much scrutiny and several underwhelming campaigns, the Lions remain one of the novel aspects of a continuously evolving game. “Probably the most powerful brand in world rugby,” according to Sean Fitzpatrick, there is little fear of the Lions …

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Leicester Tigers 2002 Vs. Saracens 2016: Rating Each Player To Find Out Who Was The Better Team

Although the rivalry between the Leicester Tigers and Saracens may only be a modern incarnation, they have both given rise to two of the best club teams in the history of English rugby. While the core of the Leicester team may have had it’s roots in the amateur era, they were completely professional in their approach. The Tigers won four Premiership titles …

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