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Lions Watch: Why Dylan Hartley Is Set To Be The Biggest Loser

England captain Dylan Hartley is staring down the barrel of a summer of rest and relaxation as the evidence suggests he is not yet guaranteed his place in the British and Irish Lions squad to face New Zealand. The recently concluded Six Nations was an opportunity for Lions hopefuls to impress upon head coach Warren Gatland their credentials for the …

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A Lions XV To Beat The All Blacks – From A Kiwi Perspective

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 3, Twickenham Stadium, London, England 27/2/2016 England vs Ireland Ireland's Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton

Warren Gatland faces his proverbial Everest when the Lions tour kicks off in June in New Zealand this year. He has an enviable talent pool to draw from but winning in New Zealand will require players with strength, agility, vision and grit in combination with very astute tactics. What the Irish did in Chicago needs to be replicated. So who …

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Watch: Eddie O’Sullivan Slams Joe Schmidt’s Predictable Ireland Side

Schmidt Ireland

Ireland’s faint hopes of wrestling their Six Nations title back off England were dashed on Friday evening as Wales ran out 22-9 winners in the Principality Stadium. Joe Schmidt’s side produced arguably their worst display under the former Leinster boss as some inexcusable errors cost them dear. They were calamitous at the lineout, toothless in attack and dropped far too much …

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Watch: O’Gara Heavily Criticizes Rory Best In His Role As Captain Following Wales Loss


Wales punished an uncharacteristically error-prone Irish display at the Principality Stadium on Friday evening, running out 22-9 winners. The visitors’ lineout was in disarray with first, Jake Ball, and later, Luke Charteris, causing havoc as the Irish pack failed to deal with the threat of the home side’s aggressive tactics from set-pieces. Joe Schmidt watched his side win the penalty …

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Alun Wyn Jones Is No Longer A Credible Candidate To Captain The Lions

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

This was the be the Six Nations Championship where Alun Wyn Jones laid claim to the Lions captaincy. No matter the deficiencies of Wales, and there have been many, we were told the Ospreys’ lock would provide leadership and decisiveness to a side in transition. With Warren Gatland taking a sabbatical and Sam Warburton stepping down as captain of Wales, Jones …

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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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Twitter Reacts As Ireland Bounce Back To Wipe The Floor With Hapless Italy

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

Ireland registered their first win of this year’s Six Nations at the second time of asking, with a well-deserved and comprehensive victory against Italy. Joe Schmidt had demanded a reaction from his side and they didn’t disappoint, sealing the all-important bonus point in the first half on their way to a 63-10 annihilation. The late withdrawal of captain Rory Best, …

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Rory Best Out Of Ireland’s Tie With Italy

RTE have confirmed that Rory Best will has been ruled out of Ireland’s fixture against Italy, after falling victim to a stomach bug yesterday. Rory Best has been ruled out of today’s game with Italy — RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) February 11, 2017 In the Ulster’s hookers place has come Niall Scannell with James Tracy being promoted to the bench. According to …

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Ireland Hit With Freak Injury Concern Ahead Of Clash With Italy

Ireland Rugby Captain's Run

Ireland’s centurion Rory Best  missed Ireland’s captain’s run in the Stadio Olimpico ahead of their game against Italy. Ireland’s forwards coach Simon Easterby confirmed that Leinster’s James Tracy, who was not named in the eastern province’s team against Treviso, will provide cover at Hooker for Niall Scannell in case Best does not recover in time. The Ulster Hooker remained at the …

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The Irish XV That Needs To Start Against Italy

Ireland may have fallen at the first hurdle in their bid to land a Grand Slam, but Joe Schmidt’s side can take confidence from the fact that they are more than capable of addressing the deficiencies exposed by Scotland. With Italy up next and the first Six Nations rest weekend to follow, Ireland have plenty of time to reflect on …

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Joe Schmidt Unveils Irish Team To Face Scotland

As expected, Joe Schmidt has not made any surprise inclusions in Ireland’s starting XV for Saturday’s tie against Scotland. Although some commentators and fans have been arguing for the inclusion of either Simon Zebo or Tiernan O’Halloran at fullback, Andrew Trimble’s groin injury didn’t give much space for Schmidt for manoeuvre. Had the Ulster winger been available, Schmidt may have …

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