Lions 2017

NZ media less than happy with Sean O’Brien avoiding ban

By Raffaele Rocca / July 3, 2017 /

New Zealand media less than happy with Sean O’Brien avoiding ban. So after a mammoth disciplinary hearing lasting almost four hours, Sean O’Brien is free to play in the final test of the tour at Eden Park on Saturday. The Leinster backrow was one of the standout performers in Saturday’s epic encounter, but was cited for…

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WATCH: Gatland placing all his eggs in second test basket

By Raffaele Rocca / June 29, 2017 /

Warren Gatland is no stranger to making big calls and there are plenty of talking points around his second Test selections. The debate of Sexton and / or Farrell in the same team and how to combine them has been put to bed for now, or a least until around 10:30 on Saturday morning. Warren…

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Lions best performance to date gives hope for test series

By Raffaele Rocca / June 18, 2017 /

Lions turn in best performance to date on tour to give hope for test series. Warren Gatland’s charges needed a boost and the the manner of Saturday’s victory was the clearest indication yet that the Lions just might be capable of causing problems for the All Blacks in the Test series. Saturday’s performance while not very…

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Murray Singled out by NZ media as key to Lions success

By Raffaele Rocca / June 12, 2017 /

Munster’s Conor Murray singled out by NZ media as key to Lions success. While not overly impressed with the Lions attacking prowess over the first three games, New Zealand media and supporters have grudgingly began to see some sort of a competitive threat to the All Blacks in the first Test. Conor Murray’s part in…

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Henry and Marshall praise Murray’s role in Lions progression

By Raffaele Rocca / June 12, 2017 /

Graham Henry and Justin Marshall prise Conor Murray’s role in the Lions progression. Munster’s Conor Murray was broadly seen as one the biggest factors in the Lions victory over the previously unbeaten Crusaders on Saturday. The Limerick man controlled the game from the base and his box kicking kept the Crusaders pinned deep in their…

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Gutsy Lions frustrate Crusaders in suffocating win

By Raffaele Rocca / June 10, 2017 /

What a difference a week makes, well defensively at least. The midweek wrongs of Whangarei were corrected as the Lions played smart rugby to topple the undefeated Canterbury Crusaders. Right from the off the Lions were sharper, smarter and most important of all more disciplined. The penalty count was much reduced from last week which ensured…

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Uneasy start for Lions as Sexton does little to impress in poor opener

By Raffaele Rocca / June 3, 2017 /

Uneasy start for Lions as Sexton does little to impress in poor opener. The battle for the number ten test shirt took a swing towards Owen Farrell today as Johnny Sexton struggled in what was an overall poor performance by Warren Gatland’s side. While Sexton was certainly not the only Lion to underperform as the…

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