British & Irish Lions

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 […]


British and Irish Lions
Charlie Inglefield - Jun 27, 2021

In the space of a couple of hours, the meticulously laid plans of Warren Gatland have been thrown into disarray. Talisman and captain Alun Wyn Jones is out of the tour with a dislocated shoulder. This is a huge blow given his experience, leadership and presence on and off the field. The subsequent appointment of […]

Springbok squad announced

The Springbok squad announced on Saturday indicates how Head Coach Jacques Nienaber intends to take on the touring British and Irish Lions team. This follows the announcement of Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad as well as the coaching team. Many expect this Lions group to be very adventurous in their approach to the […]

Springbok ability
Ross Sanderson - May 13, 2021

South Africa have not played a professional game of rugby since beating England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final and this has caused many fans have questioned the Springbok ability and have started believing that the Lions will wipe the floor with them this summer. Although that might still come to fruition, there are […]

Lions coach Warren Gatland signals intent with some x-factor and physicality
Charlie Inglefield - May 7, 2021

As ever, a new British and Irish Lions squad announcement never disappoints – and 2021 was no different. As Lions coach Warren Gatland alluded to this was “such a difficult selection” given the player pool available in certain positions. As predicted by this rugby website, Alun Wyn Jones deservedly takes the captaincy honours. That was […]

final Last Word on Rugby squad selection
Charlie Inglefield - May 4, 2021

The 2021 British and Irish Lions squad announcement is hugely exciting, with choices coming from all sectors of the game. As such, our final Last Word on Rugby squad selection looks to reinforce the status and recent player examples from the just completed Six Nations Championship. Given the form coming out of the home nations, […]

Pacific Islands influence
Harry Hudson - May 3, 2021

As British and Irish Lions fans eagerly await the announcement of Warren Gatland’s 2021 touring squad to face the Springboks this summer, let’s look at the Pacific Islands influence and the many senior and leading players of Pacifica descent. Experienced men that Lions’ management might call upon to lend their power and flair. Harry Hudson […]

Potential Springbok
Ross Sanderson - Apr 22, 2021

Despite South Africa not playing a competitive match since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final win over England, they are still considered to be one of the best sides in the world and have a huge pool to choose from, with both already capped and potential Springbok players in the future. The team that former […]

Warren Gatland has selected his Lions coaching group. So, next on their list is to decide on, and announce their SA2021 squad list. With all the attention that any British and Irish Lions squad gains – considering it only occurs once every four years – media outlets are rife with initial probable XVs. Last Word […]

Ex-Scotland International Tim Visser on the British and Irish Lions 2013 tour
Alastair Telfer - Apr 22, 2021

Ex Scotland international Tim Visser joined The Telf Rugby Podcast this week and spoke about his frustration on missing out on the Lion Tour 2013 along, with the potential Scottish representation this year. The following are excerpts from that interview from podcast host and Last Word on Rugby contributor, Alastair Telfer Discussing the Lions 2013 […]

Steve Tandy
Ross Sanderson - Apr 15, 2021

This week British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland announced his coaching panel to join him for this year’s tour to South Africa and among them is Scotland’s Steve Tandy. Tandy joins up with the Lions as the defence coach alongside attack coach Gregor Townsend, forwards coach Robin McBryde and kicking coach Neil Jenkins. […]

Lions: Which Scotland Players could make the squad?
Ross Sanderson - Apr 8, 2021

Scotland fans have been hotly debating which players deserve to be on the plane for the 2021 Lions tour, with just one month to go before Warren Gatland announces his 36-man squad. In total, there have been 835 individuals capped for the Lions since the first tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1888 and […]

Warren Gatland
Charlie Inglefield - Mar 28, 2021

The British and Irish Lions selection discussion will be hugely entertaining now that the tour is assured to go ahead in South Africa. The 2021 Six Nations proved that the Six Nations has to be the premier tournament in world rugby. There were last-minute win’s, shocks and general entertainment to keep everyone happy. Wales were […]

Maverick Outside Halves
Thomas Booth - Mar 26, 2021

A look at maverick outside halves with a focus on Racing 92 and Scotland’s Lions candidate Finn Russell. Will Gatland, “throw the dice?”

British and Irish Lions tour

The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will proceed as planned. This was announced in a joint statement by the Lions Board and SA Rugby.   British and Irish Lions tour proceeds Jason Leonard, Chairman of the British and Irish Lions, is quoted as saying: “After reviewing information relating to the various contingency […]

Win or lose, the reign of an international rugby coach is judged by more than just stakeholders. It’s both a popularity contest and a statement of their talent and intent. Warren Gatland knows that heat well. Over two decades in the kitchen where if ‘the heat is too hot, just grin and bear it mate’. […]



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