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Ireland’s 10 Most Likely Lions Candidates

Ireland has developed a steady penchant for delivering a healthy contingent of Lions players every four years. In 2005, Sir Clive Woodward brought 11 Irishman on a 44-man tour of New Zealand. Four years later in 2009, and Sir Ian McGeechan selected 14 Irish players, and two replacements in John Hayes and Gordon D’Arcy, on the Lions tour of South …

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Opinion – Why Take The Risk With A Dylan Hartley Lions Captaincy?

What makes a good Lions captain? What separates one great leader from another? Who do international players turn to when pressure mounts and cracks starts to appear in the midst of a Test match? These are just some of the questions that Lions Coach Warren Gatland will inevitably be asking himself as he considers his tour captain for New Zealand …

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Pics: A Tribute To Fantastically Awkward Six Nations Photoshoots

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As any self-respecting sports fan knows that the Six Nations championship kicks off next weekend. And that can only mean one thing; cringeworthy publicity photos. Rory Best was Ireland’s representative at this year’s launch, and he acquits himself perfectly well in a particularly front row heavy shoot. On the face of On the face of it, it seems quite a …

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Clear Favourite Emerges For Lions Captaincy Following Sam Warburton News

Although there might not usually be a lengthy shortlist of credible candidates for the Lions captaincy, rarely has the field been so narrow ahead of a Six Nations Championship. At the end of last season Dylan Hartley seemed to be leading a field that included; Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, and Maro Itoje. Indeed, the England hooker appeared to be the most likely …

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Frank Quinn Column: Why Joe Schmidt And The IRFU Have Been Wrongly Scapegoat For Influencing Player Selection At Provincial Level

Over the holiday period of Christmas and New Year it appeared to be open season by the journalists on squad selections and player welfare. There is little doubt that the national team requirements come first everywhere in the world, so why should Ireland be different especially after their very successful Guinness series in November? Although there was not much player …

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Rory Best’s Season May Be In Peril After Clermont Accuse Irish Hooker Of Eye Gouging

Rory Best

Just as it seemed Rory Best was riding a wave that would carry him to the Lions captaincy, his season could be thrown into doubt after the Ulster hooker was accused of eye gouging by Clermont Auvergne coach Franck Azéma. Azéma accusation comes after Etienne Falgoux received a seven week ban for making contact with Luke Marshall’s eye during last weekend’s European Rugby …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Hooking Options

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best during the warm up Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The second in a series looking at the best options from each country for each position, this article analyses the options Warren Gatland and his coaching team have at hooker for the upcoming British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is assumed that three hookers will initially be chosen in the preliminary Lions squad, as was the …

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Champions Cup – Ireland Team Of The Weekend

The Irish provinces enjoyed a great weekend in the thrid round of the Champions Cup with Leinster throttling Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, Munster shutting out Leicester at Thomond Park and Ulster edging Clermont in a shootout at the Kingspan. Connacht fought valiantly against a Wasps side buoyed by the scintillating debut of Kurtley Beale, but ultimately faded late as Dai …

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Warren Gatland Drops Major Hint As Race For Lions Captaincy Heats Up

Although the issue of the Lions captaincy was by no means a done deal, for many commentators Dylan Hartley was the clear and obvious front runner to inherit the role from Sam Warburton. After all, while Warburton suffered through injury and indifferent form, Hartley led England to 13 consecutive victories, a Grand Slam and a series whitewash over Australia. The …

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Andy Goode Column: My Lions XV To Take On New Zealand

With the race to be included in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad heating up, Andy Goode delivers his verdict on who should be starting against New Zealand next summer.     1. Mako Vunipola (England) 2. Rory Best (Ireland) 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland) 4. Maro Itoje (England) 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) 6. Taulupe Faletau (Wales) 7. Sam Warburton (Wales) …

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Ireland’s 10 Most Likely Lions

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

Following Ireland’s 2015 World Cup campaign, it appeared as though Joe Schmidt’s team were embarking upon a bumpy transitional period. Almost immediately after Ireland were knocked out of the tournament by Argentina, questions were being asked as to Mike Ross’ ability to play international rugby for another two seasons. The lack of depth at tight head was compounded by Marty Moore’s subsequent …

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Pundit Arena’s Combined Lions XV From The November Internationals

The November series thought us a lot about international rugby. We learned that the All Blacks are indeed fallible, that England have tremendous depth and competition for places, and that South Africa’s freefall may be a lot worse than what even the Springboks biggest skeptics may have predicted. But what we’ve also learned from the November internationals was that several Irish, English, Scottish …

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