Lions Tour 2017

QUIZ: Name Ireland’s Lions since 2009

By Jack Neville / May 25, 2020 /

International Rugby is still some way away due to the ongoing pandemic. However, there is still much hope that next years British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa will go ahead. Eleven years ago, the Lions travelled to South Africa with a squad littered in Irish Internationals who had just completed the Grand Slam.…

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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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Lions look set to lose Sean O’Brien for final Test.

By Raffaele Rocca / July 2, 2017 /

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien has been cited for dangerous play (swinging arm) during Saturday’s second Test victory over the All Blacks. The Carlow back row is alleged to have used a swinging arm on All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the 59th minute of the game. O’Brien faces a disciplinary hear this morning and with a…

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NZ Media reaction to the second test defeat for All Blacks

By Raffaele Rocca / July 2, 2017 /

New Zealand media reaction as the Lions beat the All Blacks. Owen Farrell’s 78th minute penalty is what ultimately settled this titanic struggle with the All Blacks but it was a moment of madness from Sonny Bill Williams that was the biggest talking point. The All Black centre’s reckless shoulder charge to the head of…

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WATCH: Highlights and reaction from the Lions 2nd Test victory

By Raffaele Rocca / July 1, 2017 /

Highlights and reaction from the Lions 2nd Test victory. Watch highlights from a dramatic night in Wellington that saw The British & Irish Lions level the Test series with tries from Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray. Video credit: Sky Sports. Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content…

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Lions roar back to take test series to final weekend

By Raffaele Rocca / July 1, 2017 /

The British & Irish Lions roar back to level the series heading into next weekend’s grand finale. Sonny Bill Williams was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium. The All Black centre was shown a straight red card by French…

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Gatland axes OMahony as Lions name match day 23 for second test

By Raffaele Rocca / June 29, 2017 /

Mixed news for Munster players on the Lions tour as last week’s captain Peter O’Mahony has been dropped from the match day squad for the second test in Wellington while CJ Stander has been rewarded for his hard work with a place amongst the replacements. Conor Murray will partner Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in the half…

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WATCH: Match highlights and reaction of today’s 31-all draw

By Raffaele Rocca / June 27, 2017 /

Match highlights and reaction of today’s 31-all draw. Watch highlights from an exciting draw against the Hurricanes that included three tries from the Lions, with outside backs Tommy Seymour (2) and George North both crossing the whitewash. Video credit Sky Sports. Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing…

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Lions squander 14-point lead to draw with Hurricanes

By Raffaele Rocca / June 27, 2017 /

The Lions blew a 14-point lead to draw with Hurricanes 31 points apiece. With the war of words showing no signs of abating and cries of foul play emanating from the Lions camp, focus shifted today to Wellington and the Hurricanes. What unfolded was entertaining but ultimately infuriating as the Lions threw away a 14-point…

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Paul O’Connell identified O’Mahony’s leadership qualities at early juncture

By Raffaele Rocca / June 22, 2017 /

Paul O’Connell identified Peter O’Mahony’s leadership qualities at early juncture. So after a week of pundits singing the praises of the Munster man and extolling his virtues as a possible captain, Warren Gatland finally confirmed that Peter O’Mahony will lead the Lions out at Eden Park, Aukland on Saturday. The Corkman will become the 11th…

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