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Gatland includes six Irish players in Lions' starting XV against Japan
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Gatland includes six Irish players in Lions' starting XV against Japan

Jun 22nd 2021, 11:14 AM 36,382 Views 24 Comments

Henshaw, Aki, Murray, Beirne, Henderson, and Conan all get a start.

'I do everything I can to provide for my family and put them first' - Aki
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'I do everything I can to provide for my family and put them first' - Aki

Jun 21st 2021, 10:00 PM 10,497 Views 8 Comments

The Connacht and Ireland centre is hoping to make an impression this Saturday against Japan.

Saracens players and Russell land as Kelleher continues to impress the Lions
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# Fresh Faces

Saracens players and Russell land as Kelleher continues to impress the Lions

Jun 21st 2021, 1:59 PM 12,470 Views 2 Comments

The 23-year-old Ireland hooker will remain with the Lions in Jersey this week.

Henshaw primed to play a central role in a dangerous Lions backline
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Henshaw primed to play a central role in a dangerous Lions backline

Jun 19th 2021, 7:30 AM 7,827 Views 0 Comments

20-year-old Louis Rees-Zammit has been included among the Lions’ back three options.

Murray strives to keep number nine shirt as Biggar battles to lead from 10
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# Halfbacks

Murray strives to keep number nine shirt as Biggar battles to lead from 10

Updated Jun 18th 2021, 3:04 PM 16,150 Views 9 Comments

Owen Farrell can’t be discounted as a key man in this Lions squad.

Neil Jenkins: 'I see Conor Murray as a major player for the Lions on this tour'
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# Lions

Neil Jenkins: 'I see Conor Murray as a major player for the Lions on this tour'

Jun 17th 2021, 10:02 PM 9,750 Views 24 Comments

Warren Gatland’s assistant has backed Murray to have a major impact in South Africa.

'Ronan can come here and set a marker for himself - this is a great opportunity'
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'Ronan can come here and set a marker for himself - this is a great opportunity'

Updated Jun 17th 2021, 8:05 PM 29,163 Views 7 Comments

Lions forwards coach Robin McBryde has said Irishman Ronan Kelleher has impressed in their training camp this week.

Beirne, Henderson and Conan looking to force way into Lions Test spots
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# Options

Beirne, Henderson and Conan looking to force way into Lions Test spots

Jun 17th 2021, 5:40 PM 7,825 Views 2 Comments

The second row and back row combination will be pivotal for Warren Gatland’s side.

Tadhg Furlong set to be a key man in the Lions front row again
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# Options

Tadhg Furlong set to be a key man in the Lions front row again

Jun 16th 2021, 7:30 PM 17,808 Views 5 Comments

Warren Gatland will have some big calls to make at loosehead prop and hooker.

'I’m definitely in a better position going into this tour' - Henshaw
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'I’m definitely in a better position going into this tour' - Henshaw

Jun 14th 2021, 9:23 AM 8,283 Views 0 Comments

The Leinster centre is backing team-mate Andrew Porter to bounce back from his Lions disappointment.

Munster’s De Allende and Snyman named in Boks squad for Lions warm-up
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# Boks Office

Munster’s De Allende and Snyman named in Boks squad for Lions warm-up

Jun 5th 2021, 8:14 PM 12,380 Views 29 Comments

Former Ulster No8 Marcell Coetzee misses out on selection.

IRFU back Ireland boss Farrell to link up with Lions after July Tests
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# Tourist

IRFU back Ireland boss Farrell to link up with Lions after July Tests

Jun 3rd 2021, 1:01 AM 7,011 Views 3 Comments

The Ireland head coach is set to join Warren Gatland’s team in South Africa in July.

Connacht backing Bundee Aki to be an 'energy giver' for the Lions
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# Voice

Connacht backing Bundee Aki to be an 'energy giver' for the Lions

Jun 2nd 2021, 6:15 AM 3,416 Views 3 Comments

The 31-year-old says he’s grateful to be able to represent the western province on tour.

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'
# New Era
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# New Era

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'

May 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,337 Views 16 Comments

The Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions are due to join European rugby next season – what lies ahead?

Erasmus: 'Our big dogs are playing consistently. And they are in top form'
# Dogs Of War
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# Dogs Of War

Erasmus: 'Our big dogs are playing consistently. And they are in top form'

May 29th 2021, 7:36 AM 4,208 Views 0 Comments

The Springboks are also still hopeful of getting fans into games for the Test series.

Lions centre Bundee Aki 'chomping at the bit' to make Connacht return
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# Boost

Lions centre Bundee Aki 'chomping at the bit' to make Connacht return

May 25th 2021, 1:07 PM 6,971 Views 4 Comments

The centre hasn’t played since his red card for Ireland during the Six Nations.

Joseph calls up Japan World Cup heroes for 'huge' Lions and Ireland games
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

Joseph calls up Japan World Cup heroes for 'huge' Lions and Ireland games

May 24th 2021, 8:22 AM 9,092 Views 7 Comments

Ex-Munster wing Gerhard van den Heever will be a familiar face.

Jack Conan leaves field with head injury and will follow return to play protocol
# Anxious Wait
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# Anxious Wait

Jack Conan leaves field with head injury and will follow return to play protocol

May 8th 2021, 10:29 PM 11,334 Views 13 Comments

Conan has been named in Warren Gatland’s Lions squad to tour South Africa.

Time got the better of Sexton - not just Farrell, Russell and Biggar
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# Lions

Time got the better of Sexton - not just Farrell, Russell and Biggar

May 6th 2021, 5:38 PM 45,297 Views 26 Comments

Irish captain’s omission from Warren Gatland’s squad was tough but at 35 his durability has come into question.

Eight Irishmen named in Lions squad as Sexton and Ryan miss out
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# Johnny Sexton

Eight Irishmen named in Lions squad as Sexton and Ryan miss out

May 6th 2021, 12:50 PM 101,832 Views 198 Comments

Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jack Conan, Andrew Porter and Iain Henderson make the plane.

Lions coaches to attend as Ulster and Leicester big guns get last shot
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# Scouting

Lions coaches to attend as Ulster and Leicester big guns get last shot

Apr 29th 2021, 5:24 PM 6,496 Views 11 Comments

Warren Gatland will name his Lions squad next Thursday.

Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training
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# Playmakers

Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training

Apr 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 42,144 Views 29 Comments

Jono Gibbes believes Leinster have the depth to deal with Sexton’s absence.

George North ruled out of Lions tour by knee injury that requires surgery
# Due South
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# Due South

George North ruled out of Lions tour by knee injury that requires surgery

Apr 28th 2021, 10:29 AM 6,904 Views 6 Comments

The 29-year-old ruptured his ACL at the weekend.

North injury leaves Lions hopes in balance
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# Not George's Day

North injury leaves Lions hopes in balance

Apr 24th 2021, 9:09 PM 12,453 Views 3 Comments

North injured his knee in today’s Rainbow Cup game with Cardiff.

'I haven’t played enough' - O'Mahony feels another Lions tour is out of reach
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# Game Time

'I haven’t played enough' - O'Mahony feels another Lions tour is out of reach

Apr 21st 2021, 6:00 AM 13,842 Views 32 Comments

The Munster captain hopes to feature in Ireland’s tour of the Pacific Islands if it goes ahead.

Paul O'Connell says Owen Farrell is 'real standout' to lead Lions in South Africa
# Takes One To Know One
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# Takes One To Know One

Paul O'Connell says Owen Farrell is 'real standout' to lead Lions in South Africa

Apr 15th 2021, 3:57 PM 8,317 Views 7 Comments

The Ireland forwards coach was at the helm for the Lions’ last series against the Springboks in 2009.

O'Connell the perfect fit for Lions if Gatland is going to add 'extra resource'
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# Nous

O'Connell the perfect fit for Lions if Gatland is going to add 'extra resource'

Apr 14th 2021, 6:00 AM 8,499 Views 6 Comments

The Lions head coach said they ‘may bring someone else in a little bit later on.’

Jones has 'captain’s material' as Gatland starts whittling down Lions selection
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# Take Your Pick

Jones has 'captain’s material' as Gatland starts whittling down Lions selection

Apr 13th 2021, 10:10 PM 10,731 Views 7 Comments

Premiership players could miss out if their clubs don’t grant them early release.

'He’s still as good as ever' - Sexton very much in the mix for third Lions tour
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# Experience

'He’s still as good as ever' - Sexton very much in the mix for third Lions tour

Apr 13th 2021, 10:00 PM 12,583 Views 28 Comments

The 35-year-old is hoping to be part of the trip to South Africa this summer.

Gatland knew 'a long time ago' that Farrell wouldn't be available to Lions
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# Priorities

Gatland knew 'a long time ago' that Farrell wouldn't be available to Lions

Apr 13th 2021, 11:56 AM 9,257 Views 0 Comments

Farrell will lead Ireland on their tour to the Pacific Islands if it goes ahead.

Leinster's McBryde confirmed as part of Gatland's Lions coaching team
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Leinster's McBryde confirmed as part of Gatland's Lions coaching team

Apr 13th 2021, 9:30 AM 22,298 Views 22 Comments

Gregor Townsend, Steve Tandy, and Neil Jenkins have also been appointed.

Jason Leonard says planning for the Lions tour continues apace
# All Systems Go
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# All Systems Go

Jason Leonard says planning for the Lions tour continues apace

Apr 2nd 2021, 7:46 PM 4,011 Views 2 Comments

Coronavirus restrictions are making for a challenging project.

A momentous but challenging few years lie ahead for the game
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# Grow The Game

A momentous but challenging few years lie ahead for the game

Mar 31st 2021, 7:36 PM 3,137 Views 0 Comments

The Six Nations is back this weekend, the World Cup comes next year, then WXV launches in 2023.

'If there was a Lions team picked now, he'd be the first name in the backline'
# Form
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# Form

'If there was a Lions team picked now, he'd be the first name in the backline'

Mar 30th 2021, 6:00 AM 9,883 Views 8 Comments

Robbie Henshaw delivered another outstanding display as Leinster won the Pro14 last weekend.

Confirmed: The Lions announce intention to tour South Africa as planned
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# Tour On

Confirmed: The Lions announce intention to tour South Africa as planned

Mar 23rd 2021, 4:14 PM 22,367 Views 32 Comments

SA Rugby and the Lions have confirmed their intention to plough on with the series.

'One or two headaches for Warren' as Irish players put hands up for Lions
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# Performance

'One or two headaches for Warren' as Irish players put hands up for Lions

Updated Mar 21st 2021, 9:42 AM 64,237 Views 71 Comments

The series against the Springboks has yet to be confirmed.

Lions turn down Australia’s offer to stage the South Africa series Down Under
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# Touring Party

Lions turn down Australia’s offer to stage the South Africa series Down Under

Mar 6th 2021, 10:25 AM 8,648 Views 14 Comments

The British and Irish side are due to face the Springboks in the summer.

'We all agree that if it can, it should go ahead this year' - Six Nations captains don't want Lions delay
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'We all agree that if it can, it should go ahead this year' - Six Nations captains don't want Lions delay

Jan 27th 2021, 5:33 PM 3,085 Views 0 Comments

There is still major uncertainty surrounding this summer’s planned British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

What should happen with the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour?
# Open Thread
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# Open Thread

What should happen with the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour?

Jan 13th 2021, 11:19 AM 8,538 Views 24 Comments

There appear to be three options as Lions bosses meet in the next month.

Eddie Jones tells England players to conquer Europe and dominate Lions squad
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# Pole Position

Eddie Jones tells England players to conquer Europe and dominate Lions squad

Dec 5th 2020, 10:59 PM 9,152 Views 8 Comments

Australian’s words won’t go down well with the Irish players seeking to get on the plane to South Africa.