Next Stop New Zealand for the British & Irish Lions

Posted on July 8th, 2013

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No sooner has the dust settled on scenes of epic celebration at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, than talk is already being circled about the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour of New Zealand. With a Rugby World Cup being staged between this historic tour and the next, one person who has already thrown their hat into the ring is head coach Warren Gatland. The former All Black will relish the chance to take the Lions on …

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A Winning Look for the British & Irish Lions

Posted on July 8th, 2013

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16 years in the making and on their historic 125 Anniversary Tour of Australia, it was almost fate that the British & Irish Lions would  emerge victorious in the deciding third Test against Australia on Saturday. To celebrate this magnificent occasion for world rugby, Lovell Rugby have released two exclusive and limited edition rugby shirts which are guaranteed to be worn with pride. Whether worn on or off the rugby field, the class of 2013 have written …

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Australia Team Announced for Third Test

Posted on July 4th, 2013

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Australia have recalled veteran flanker George Smith to their side, to face the British & Irish Lions in the deciding third Test this Saturday.  Having made his last Test appearance for the Wallabies in 2009 and then retired from international rugby the following year, the 32 year old made 110 appearances in the gold and green jersey. With Smith in, this means Michael Hooper drops to the bench whilst Liam Gill and Rob Horne miss …

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British & Irish Lions Team Announced for Third Test

Posted on July 3rd, 2013

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Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will captain the British & Irish Lions against Australia this Saturday after Brian O’Driscoll was sensationally left out of the squad. One of ten Welshmen in the side, Jones comes as a surprise selection to lead the side as it was highly expected that O’Driscoll would take on the captaincy role in the absence of injured Sam Warburton. In a strange twist of fate, Jones will lead the Lions against …

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Injury Boost for Lions?

Posted on July 2nd, 2013

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Ahead of the decisive third Test against Australia on Saturday, the British & Irish Lions could benefit from a triple return. Jamie Roberts (hamstring), Mike Phillips (knee) and Alex Corbisiero (calf) sat out the defeat in Melbourne last weekend but are optimistic about their chances for a return in what is one of the most important games in the Lions 125 year history. With the team set to be named on Wednesday, all three could potentially make the …

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Horwill Cleared for Third Test

Posted on July 2nd, 2013

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Australia captain James Horwill has been cleared to play in the third and final Test against the British & Irish Lions this Saturday. The Wallabies lock forward was originally cited after his boot made contact with Alun Wyn Jones’s head during the first Test, which subsequently required stitched to a wound above the eye. The International Rugby Board’s appeal against a citing commission’s decision to clear Horwill of stamping in only the third minute of the first …

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Warburton Out of Third Test

Posted on July 1st, 2013

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British & Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton has been ruled out of the deciding third Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday. The Wales flanker is suffering from a hamstring injury which he sustained during the Lions 16-15 defeat by the Wallabies at the weekend. His absence, along with that of Paul O’Connell also through injury, now paves the way for Brian O’Driscoll to be the likely captain should he be selected in the starting …

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British & Irish Lions Second Test Team Announced

Posted on June 27th, 2013

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Warren Gatland has announced five changes to the British & Irish Lions team to face Australia in the pivotal second Test this Saturday. The most significant changes see Ben Youngs, who impressed midweek against the Melbourne Rebels, come in for Mike Phillips at scrum half whilst Alex Cuthbert is replaced on the wing by Tommy Bowe. Elsewhere in the starting line-up and Tom Croft drops down to the bench to make way for Dan Lydiate …

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Australia Second Test Team Announced

Posted on June 27th, 2013

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Coach Robbie Deans has made just two changes to the Australia starting line-up in their must win match against the British & Irish Lions in Melbourne this Saturday. The two changes revolve around Kurtley Beale being promoted from the bench to take over from full-back from Berrick Barnes whilst Joe Tomane comes in for the injured Digby Ioane on the left wing. Elsewhere in the team and the unchanged pack will feature front row Ben …

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Roof Closed in Melbourne for Second Test

Posted on June 26th, 2013

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The Australia Rugby Union have confirmed that the roof of the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, will be closed for the second Test between Australia and the British & Irish Lions. With a forecast for isolated showers on Saturday evening, for many fans this will bring back memories of 2001 when the Wallabies triumphed 35-14 against the Lions under a closed roof. This proved to be a pivotal point as not only did Australia level the …

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