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Harlequins’ Kyle Sinckler To Be Named In Lions Squad As Surprise Bolter [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Kyle Sinckler of England runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In all of the bolter predictions for Warren Gatland’s Lions announcement on Wednesday, few (if any) would have thought to include Kyle Sinckler. The  24-year-old Harlequins prop, who made his England debut under Eddie Jones late last year but hasn’t started in any of his eight international appearances thus far, is reported to have done enough to impress Gatland ahead of …

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The Already Injured Six Nations XV

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Billy Vunipola of England runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Since the dawn of professionalism, rugby has become an increasingly attritional game. Players are now bigger, quicker and stronger than ever before, which in turn has led to greater and more dangerous collisions. In a study commissioned by the LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) and FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) cataloguing all of the injuries suffered by Top 14 players between …

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Scotland Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Of Six Nations

Scotland v USA - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

Although there may be a great deal of optimism surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment, Vern Cotter’s side have suffered a significant injury blow ahead of the tournament, after WP Nel was ruled out of the Championship with a neck injury. The Edinburgh tight head missed Scotland’s autumn series with the same injury, and despite Nel’s reputation as an imposing scrummager, …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Tighthead Prop Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dan Cole looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is the third instalment in a series of articles analysing Warren Gatland’s best options for each position from each nation, with this article looking at the tighthead props most likely to be selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is expected that three tighthead props will initially be chosen by Gatland and his coaching …

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The Most Gatland-Esque Lions XV Warren Gatland Can Select

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions and Wales coach Warren Gatland is known for his ‘Warrenball’ style of play: winning the collisions, getting over the gainline, defensive intensity, raw physicality and earning the right to go wide. Although Wales have sought to play a more expansive game recently, it will be interesting to see if Wales will persevere with this new approach if it doesn’t …

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Andy Goode Column: My British And Irish Lions Starting XV

When the Lions tour New Zealand next summer, they will need power and mobility to overcome the mighty All Blacks. That’s why I have gone with Iain Henderson in the second row alongside Maro Itoje, and Taulupe Faletau at six to offer extra dynamism in the backrow. My team also includes four south sea islanders, who will love nothing more than to …

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Kiwi Winger Announces His Intention To Play For Wales

Super Rugby Rd 4 - Crusaders v Kings

New Zealand’s player drain shows no sign of abating. Given the number of top class rugby players New Zealand produce, it is little why they are in such demand throughout Europe. However, although it was previously the case that European clubs could only get their hands on retired All Blacks, now many of New Zealand’s up and coming stars are …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Championship

France v England - RBS Six Nations

The Six Nations has seen some surprise performers. In the aftermath of the World Cup, various commentators outlined how the Rugby Championship had come to dominate the Six Nations. However, this season’s Six Nations represented the beginning of a new World Cup cycle, providing northern hemisphere rugby the space and time to close the gap on the Rugby Championship. In this …

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