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Lions centre Davies was victimised on Twitter

Thursday 22 August 2013

British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies has revealed that he was a victim of abuse on Twitter after he was selected ahead of Brian O'Driscoll in the final Lions Test against Australia.
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Gatland wants to lead 2017 Lions in New Zealand

Monday 8 July 2013

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says he would "jump at the opportunity" to coach the Lions in his native New Zealand as Britain's press hailed him for overseeing a series win in Australia.
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No quick decision on Deans future from ARU

Monday 8 July 2013

The Australian Rugby Union will not be making a rush decision on the future of head coach Robbie Deans after the series loss to the British and Irish Lions.
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Gatland: BOD Backlash took shine off Lions win

Sunday 7 July 2013

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has revealed that he was shocked by the backlash that followed his axeing of Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll and admitted it had taken some of the shine off the series win against Australia.
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British & Irish Lions smash Australia to win series

Saturday 6 July 2013

The British and Irish Lions won their first Test series in 16 years when they smashed Australia's Wallabies 16-41 in Sydney to win the series 2-1.
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Lions captain: This feeling is 'pretty indescribable'

Saturday 6 July 2013

British and Irish Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones said that his feelings were "pretty indescribable" after the Lions won their first series in 16 years by smashing the Wallabies 16-41 in Sydney.
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Halfpenny wins man of the B & I Lions series

Saturday 6 July 2013

British and Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny was named man of the series after he broke the record for scoring the most most points in a test series for the British and Irish Lions.
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McGeechan : I would have picked O'Driscoll

Saturday 6 July 2013

Legendary British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has added pressure on current Lions coach Warren Gatland by saying that he would have picked Brian O'Driscoll in the deciding Test against Australia.
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Australia vs British & Irish Lions third test preview

Saturday 6 July 2013

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is banking on Wales' success in the Six Nations and the Welsh combinations in order to win the first Lions series win in 16 years against the Wallabies on Saturday.
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Rowntree: Lions are ready for battle with Wallabies

Friday 5 July 2013

British and Irish Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree has thrown down the gauntlet to the Wallabies ahead of Saturday's showdown, declaring: "We're ready for battle."
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Genia : Smith's 'Aura' has inspired the Wallabies

Friday 5 July 2013

Australian half back Will Genia says that the Wallabies have been inspired by the return of veteran flanker George Smith for the series-decider match with the British and Irish Lions in Sydney on Saturday.
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Wallabies will be at their best for Lions decider

Friday 5 July 2013

Australian Rugby Head coach Robbie Deans says that he expects his Wallabies to produce their best performance in the series-deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions this weekend.
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Smith named in Wallabies team to play B & I Lions

Thursday 4 July 2013

The Wallabies have named their team to play in the deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions with George Smith returning to the international stage.
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Gatland slammed across the globe for dropping BOD

Thursday 4 July 2013

Warren Gatland's decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll from the British and Irish Lions test team has been almost universally slammed by former players, coaches and rugby legends.
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Jones: Being Lions captain is 'a special moment'

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones says that it was "a special moment" when he found out he would captain the British and Irish Lions but says his performance on the field will be more important.
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ARU Boss Pulver wants Lions to play SANZAR team

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Australian Rugby Boss Bill Pulver has suggested that the British and Irish Lions play against a Southern Hemisphere or SANZAR team made up of the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks.
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The British & Irish Lions

The first official tour by the British Isles Rugby Union Team, selected by a committee from all four Home Unions, was to South Africa in 1910.

However the idea was not unique, as a combined British & Irish team had been heading to the southern hemisphere since 1888.

The first tour was a commercial venture undertaken with no official backing; but the six subsequent visits up to 1910 enjoyed a growing amount of support from the governing bodies, although only one of these included representatives from all four nations.

The Lions name was coined during the inter-war period, when the emblem on the player's jersey and lapel badges gave them their alternative title.

The 1950s proved a golden age for Lions rugby, although it was not until the 1970s that style was matched with the substance of victory in New Zealand and South Africa.

Many observers questioned whether the Lions had a future in the professional age and the continued success of the Rugby World Cup.

But the tours of 1997, 2001 and 2005 have proved to be a massive success story for all parties involved, with 2009 promising to be the biggest ever tour with 50,000 fans expected make the journey to South Africa.

 
 
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