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Italy v Wales – Player Ratings

Wales opened their Six Nations campaign with a 33-7 win over Italy in Rome as second-half tries from George North, Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams saved Welsh blushes. An Eduardo Gori try put Italy four points clear at halftime as Conor O’Shea’s charges took a surprising 7-3 lead at the break before Wales rallied in the second-half to pull away …

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Sam Warburton On Giving Up Wales Captaincy – “It Was A Relatively Easy Decision”

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley unveiled his Six Nations squad last week, with the biggest talking point being the replacement of Sam Warburton as captain. In an expected move, Alun Wyn Jones has been named as the flanker’s successor for the forthcoming championships. The 31-year-old second row forward is a battle hardened leader and the only obvious choice. Now, …

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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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Five Established Players Who Could Miss The Lions Tour

Every Lions tour has high profile omissions. In 2009 Ryan Jones was omitted from the touring squad less than six months after receiving a World Player of the Year nomination. In 2013 Chris Robshaw was overlooked by Warren Gatland who preferred the openside trio of Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric and tour captain Sam Warburton instead of the England captain. Every tour has …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Openside Flanker Options

Guinness november series Aviva Stadium Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland’s Sean O'Brien

The sixth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at openside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with two players proposed from each country and three chosen in the conclusion (as was the case in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia). Ireland – Sean O’Brien, Josh van der …

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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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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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Farrell Backs Best To Lead British & Irish Lions

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell has backed Ireland captain Rory Best to skipper the British and Irish Lions on next year’s tour of New Zealand. Farrell joined Ireland as a defence coach in January but insists that Best’s performances for Ireland should put him in contention to captain the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand. “There’s no doubt that he’s a contender …

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Eight Things We Learned From A Dire Wales Performance

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Rob Howley, the Wales head coach looks on during the International match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

That Wales’ players celebrated wildly after Sam Davies put over an 80th minute drop goal to beat Japan said it all. Minutes later the realisation that they had scarcely deserved to beat a Japan side that leaked 54 points against Argentina two weeks before, was etched upon the Welsh players’ faces. Wales have hit rock bottom. Sam Warburton’s cliche ridden …

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