Composure the All Blacks Key Asset: DHL Lions Series First Test

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While the execution let the side down in the end; in the opening attacking play, and in the middle of the second half, this Lions team showed the glimpses that everyone knew they possessed. Quality players, good motivation and combined strength. But with mixed messages issued from the coaches box, it had a counter-intuitive affect. READ MORE



British and Irish Lions Battle Past Crusaders: LWOS Player Ratings

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Last Word on Rugby, by Sam Meade. The British and Irish Lions handed the Crusaders their first defeat for over 10 months, with a 3-12 success in Christchurch. The outstanding Owen Farrell kicked all 12 points in his first start for the British and Irish Lions on this tour. It was a welcome win for the Tourists after they […] READ MORE


Guinness Pro12 Semi-Final Weekend: The Preview

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Last Word on Rugby, by Sam Meade. Ireland has provided six of the last nine winners for the Guiness Pro12 and 60% of the play-off teams for the last five years and no team has won an away semi-final in the Pro12 era. In short: the Welsh battalion has a lot on their hands. Scarlets and Ospreys […] READ MORE




All Blacks v Wales: First Test Thriller

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The All Blacks have ‘dodged a bullet’ and come back strongest to beat Wales 39-21 in a thriller at Eden Park, but they had to survive a big scare to get the job done. All Blacks v Wales: As It Happened The talk over this week had been about which player would lead the All […] READ MORE