NZ Provincial Barbarians v Lions

Fixture: NZ Provincial Barbarians v British and Irish Lions Time: 08.35 Stadium: Toll Stadium, Whangerai Whooo are yoouu? The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians are a team made up of the very best players from New Zealand's provincial rugby. This is the first Lions tour when the tourists will play Super Rugby teams, and this fixture …

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First Lions Team Announced

Warren Gatland has announced his inaugural team for the first warm up game of the tour. Sam Warburton will be assuming captaincy duties from the first whistle, as he has been given the nod to lead the way in the opener against the NZ Provincial Barbarians. It should come as no surprise that the majority …

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Warrenball: The brains behind the brawn

The last time the Lions won a test series in New Zealand was back in 1971 in the golden days of the amateur era when Willie John Macbride was in his pomp. Back then the structure of the tour was completely different, with the squad playing a mammoth 29 games over a lengthy 3 month …

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A Study of Understudies

Three England internationals currently on their way to New Zealand are in the unusual position of being selected to tour when they are not starters for their nations. The Scots only have three players in the 41 man squad and yet here are three England internationals who are on the plane that do not regularly …

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Take off for ‘suicidal’ Lions Tour 

Later today 41 players from four different nations will board a plane from London to the other side of the world, down under to New Zealand, for the start of the Lions tour. Six intense weeks and ten grueling games await them, in a crazy schedule which has been derided by many pundits. The former …

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The Rise and Rise of Exeter Chiefs

Everybody loves a story. They entertain us and help us to make sense of what is going on around us. From reality TV, politics to sport, as a population we are more gripped by events if we can link it in our heads to something with greater meaning. Newspapers and in particular sports journalists latch …

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State of Origin for Dummies

When I first got to Brisbane and wandered around the city centre one of the first things I noticed (besides the outrageous lack of kangaroos hopping around) was the amount of maroon plastered across everything. Bars, shops, billboards even buses are covered in the colour all promoting the Queensland Maroons.  I'm a rugby union man …

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