British & Irish Lions

World Rugby misconduct outcomes on a finely balanced edge

After two World Rugby misconduct investigations, the governing bodies’ findings and the outcomes are on a finely balanced edge. Desperately wanting to hold on to the values and dignity built on an amateur history, it is being pushed now more so by professionalism and by closer examination. The scrutiny that both the complainant (World Rugby) […]


Pat Lam “Excited” by a 20% Sinckler on the rise for Bristol

Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has been cited by the commissioner following the second Lions test in cape Town on Saturday.  Sinckler only citing Despite a possible bite for Stuart Hogg doing the rounds on social media, he has avoided any action, as have Itoje for a knee across the throat area of Damian de Allende. […]

Warren Gatland

The series is level after two tests in South Africa for the first time in 66 years, and Warren Gatland has several dilemmas to deal with. Here’s the side that he should be going with to get a famous series victory over the reigning world champions.  Warren Gatland knows big games Gatland has made a […]

The rise of Jack Conan
Alastair Telfer - Jul 31, 2021

The rise of Jack Conan is one of the great stories to emerge from the Lions. Called into the Irish Six Nations squad for the suspended Peter O’Mahony, he subsequently made his first appearance for Ireland since the 2019 RWC. Many had ruled the 29-year-old out, with the emergence of Caelan Doris at Leinster signifying […]

Rassie Erasmus video

The Rassie Erasmus video released earlier this week has significantly divided opinion along national lines. Many South African fans are strongly in favour of what he has done. Outside of the Republic, he has pretty much been vilified. Questions raised Ryan Jordan does not make a judgment but adds context comments and questions. The video […]

British and Irish Lions team
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 27, 2021

Warren Gatland, the British and Irish Lions coach has made three changes to the side that won the first test. Mako Vunipola comes in for Rory Sutherland, Chris Harris replaces Elliot Daly and Conor Murray is in for Ali Price. There are also changes on the bench that sees Taulupe Faletau replace Hamish Watson. Elliot […]

British and Irish Lions and Springbok squads

Eagle eyed Twitter users have started to notice that Rassie Erasmus may well be using a second, ‘burner,’ account to highlight calls that have gone against the Springboks on the 2021 Lions tour. Rassie Erasmus’ 2nd account? An account that began with 0 followers, replied to Erasmus’ tweet, congratulating the Lions for their victory, and […]

British and Irish Lions
Charlie Inglefield - Jul 25, 2021

It was not a classic, far from it but as befitting a British and Irish Lions series the first Test had its fair share of tension and controversy. The Lions won 22-17 but in truth, neither side excelled in what was an error-strewn and nervy affair. The Springboks barely broke sweat to take a first-half […]

Lions defeat Springboks

An empty Cape Town Stadium was the venue that witnessed the Lions defeat the Springboks 22 points to 17 in the first Test of three to be hosted in the Mother City. Scorers: South Africa: Try – Faf de Klerk Penalties – Handre Pollard 4 British and Irish Lions: Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie Conversion: Dan Biggar […]

British & Irish Lions come from all corners of the UK, but you may be hard-pressed to recognise some of the players in the youth or community club days. Robert Rees looks back at the pre-professional days of the Welsh Lions. Adam Beard – Birchgrove/Aberavon The Welsh lock was a late call-up to the squad, […]

What's at stake and what are the Lions and South Africa playing for?
Thomas Booth - Jul 23, 2021

What’s at stake and what are the Lions and South Africa playing for? Trying to get inside the player’s minds prior to kick-off.

Marcus Smith, Harlequins and British & Irish Lions fly half, has been racially abused in a podcast by ex-Irish international Neil Francis.  Marcus Smith abused online ‘The Left Wing’ podcast, which featured Neil Francis, had posted their latest podcast in which Francis calls Smith an “Oompa Loompa.” The podcast was made public with the below […]

Lions first Test squad selection follows familiar tour pattern
Alastair Telfer - Jul 23, 2021

What makes a British and Irish Lions tour so special? The players involved are the best of the best. There are no passengers on the bus heading towards the Lions first test squad selection. Everyone can make the test team and that is why the media love speculating the matchday 23. Announced days ago, deciphering […]

British and Irish Lions and Springbok squads

The British and Irish Lions and Springbok squads for Saturday’s first Test have been announced. A day earlier than originally planned. British and Irish Lions and Springbok squads South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 […]

Charlie Inglefield - Jul 21, 2021

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland hasn’t ran away from tough selection decisions. Taulupe Faletau, Conor Murray, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George have all been excluded from the squad. In come Jack Conan, Duhan van der Merwe, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ali Price, all of whom have been rewarded for their form on this tour. […]

Jones to return as captain with Beirne and Adams starting

Despite a leak yesterday afternoon, the British & Irish Lions have named a slightly different one to that in The Times. Robert Rees brings you the team news. British & Irish Lions team: 15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) #783 14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) #816 13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) #822 12. Robbie […]



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