You Win Some; You Lose Some. But a Lions Series Draw–Failure or Victory

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From the outside, the Lions series draw is not what anyone will have planned. The action on the field was of a high quality. Many of the players had tremendous affect on the outcome; Kieran Read, Maro Itoje, Rieko Ioane or Toby Faletau. And to be fair, with all the quality, the fierce contest is likely to have negated the other sides effectiveness. An indication of this is the New Zealand team usually average over 30 points in their last six years of contest. In the Lions series draw, only 22. And that might be glossing over how difficult the opposition were. So full credit, where credit is due. READ MORE



British and Irish Lions 2017 Tour Pinboard – Third Test Climax

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In the epic climax to a thrilling test series, rugby fans worldwide are the beneficiaries. The United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, will be enthralled. The anticipation of a rebuke from the home side or a more confident Lions team entering the 'fortress' of Eden Park, the implications for the Lions 2017 tour pinboard are truly mesmerizing. READ MORE



British and Irish Lions Squad Reaction; Gatland’s Key Calls

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With the first test squad announcement, the main focus was heavily aimed at head coach Warren Gatland's key calls. Figurehead players such as George North, Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton were 'headlined' to be chosen by the Kiwi-born coach, despite their performances varying in quality to their positional counterparts. Last Word on Rugby analyze the decisions and their impact teams chances against New Zealand on Saturday. READ MORE


All Blacks Squad ‘Street Smart’ But Lions Are Toughest Opponent

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Samoa will play their seventh International against the All Blacks. New Zealand hasn't played Pacific cousins Samoa since 2015 in what was also a warm-up match. The spectacle at Eden Park, including the Tonga v Wales test match, will mean this All Blacks squad will be inspired to entertain their fans and send a message to every challenger. READ MORE


Black Ferns in Dominant Win Over Wallaroos

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. Not only were there two New Zealand rugby teams playing on Saturday night at Eden Park, but the women’s team, the Black Ferns represented their country admirably. With part of the home crowd forming early to see the women play Australia, the team performed cohesively in a Dominant Win Over Wallaroos. […] READ MORE


Solid Performance from the All Blacks Breaks Rugby World Record

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. In a tough encounter, where an Australian team took a step-up, fans saw a solid performance from the All Blacks–tested, but never ‘bested’ by the Aussies–as they claim the World Record of 18 straight victories. In front of a loyal home crowd of 47,744 at Eden Park in Auckland, […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Saturday: Two Big Kiwi Wins

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At the start of a true ‘rugbyfest’ weekend, fans could enjoy four fabulous trans-Tasman matches. It involved the Blues v Brumbies, followed by the Reds v Chiefs and Lions v Kings as first course. Two big kiwi wins were exactly what the New Zealand (NZ) conference sides had hoped for. Those local results went the […] READ MORE