British and Irish Lions taste second defeat on 2017 Tour

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The Highlanders handed the British and Irish Lions their second defeat of the tour, with a thrilling 23-22 victory in Dunedin. A late penalty from Marty Banks gave the South Islanders a famous victory, after tries from Waisake Naholo and Liam Coltman put them into a winning position. The visitors held a slender advantage, before […] READ MORE


British and Irish Lions downed by Auckland Blues: LWOR player ratings

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The British and Irish Lions performance tonight was perhaps marginally better than the tour opener, but they succumbed to their first loss of the tour. Ihaia West’s phenomenal late try gave the Auckland Blues a thoroughly deserved 22-16 success at Eden Park. On the ground where the British and Irish Lions will play the first […] READ MORE


Exeter Chiefs Realise Premiership Dream

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The Exeter Chiefs and owner Tony Rowe realised a dream on Saturday afternoon when Gareth Steenson kicked them to Aviva Premiership glory. Exeter Chiefs Realise Premiership Dream Steenson’s extra-time penalty gave the Exeter Chiefs a 23-20 victory over Wasps at Twickenham. It completes a phenomenal journey from newly promoted to new champions in just seven […] READ MORE


Will Wasps or Exeter Chiefs Lift Aviva Premiership Trophy

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Wasps Rugby against Exeter Chiefs is like ‘an unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object, and that is symbolic of the intensity fans can expect when the Aviva Premiership trophy is fought over. Exeter Chiefs will return to Twickenham for the second time in the last 12 months. Wasps meanwhile, are returning for the first time since […] READ MORE


Challenge ahead for the British and Irish Lions backline

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Picture New Zealand as a metaphorical ‘rugby terrain’ and consider Warren Gatland and his British and Irish Lions as the group charged with ‘negotiating it’. To do that Gatland must first experiment with his squad, and especially the Lions backline depth, to find the winning combination before June 24. Returning from Whangarei, after the tour […] READ MORE



Anglo Welsh Cup Breakthrough Player Progress

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After one week back for Aviva Premiership action, after Champions Cup play, English and Welsh sides switch focus again to the returning Anglo Welsh Cup. The competition didn’t take place last season, but returns for 2016/17 and it needs to regain its momentum and position as a ‘place to see future stars’. The Anglo Welsh Cup (AWC) has evolved a […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones’ Options for England Wing Crisis

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England’s Wing Crisis Following injuries and suspensions, England’s wing crisis is the pressing issue for Eddie Jones to solve this Autumn. Injuries to Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson last week have left England without their first choice wingers. The Old Mutual Wealth Series will now provide Jones with the chance to test out his strength in depth. […] READ MORE