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The centres of conundrum at Eden Park

The centres of conundrum at Eden Park

5 Jul 2017

It all seemed so clear a couple of weeks ago.

How to park a Ferrari in the garage, and the depowering of the scrum

How to park a Ferrari in the garage, and the depowering of the scrum

28 Jun 2017

For those who like to analyse trends in the game, the notion of ‘forward dominance’ is one which attracts a great deal of interest. That notion has changed considerably from the days of the 1970s and ’80s to the current, professional era.

Pressure on No. 10: Why Beauden Barrett’s performance may decide the Lions series

Pressure on No. 10: Why Beauden Barrett’s performance may decide the Lions series

23 Jun 2017

No – it’s not a reference to the heat growing on Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. No politics here. Far more important than that, it’s the topic of the forthcoming series between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand.

The Wallaby back five has taken five steps back

The Wallaby back five has taken five steps back

21 Jun 2017

I would blame David Pocock. ‘Poey’ started his six-month sabbatical away from rugby earlier this year, and the Wallaby selectors’ previous ideas of how to construct their back-five forwards appeared to vanish with him.

The Lions finally show some crusading spirit

The Lions finally show some crusading spirit

14 Jun 2017

The pre-game show at AMI Park on Saturday evening featured medieval knights in Crusader livery galloping around the edges of the playing surface, whirling flashing blades above their heads as they tried to whip up some fervour in the rain-sodden crowd.

The curious case of Will Skelton shows the south can learn from the north

The curious case of Will Skelton shows the south can learn from the north

7 Jun 2017

One game into the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand, and the jibes have already begun.