From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The All Blacks selectors admit it’s a gamble but they will make changes to their in-form team for the final Test against France.
Warren Gatland says the British and Irish Lions’ mid-weekers have everything to play for in Tuesday night’s clash with the Brumbies in Canberra.
NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is urging the Wallabies to target the British and Irish Lions halves in what shapes as a ferocious first Test in Brisbane next Saturday night.
The Lions unleashed their arsenal at Allianz Stadium last night with a stunning 47-17 mauling of the Waratahs, but Will Skelton and Bernard Foley kick-started their Wallaby careers despite the onslaught.
Coach Steve Hansen took personal pride in a record-setting defensive display as the All Blacks whitewashed France 30-0 in the second Test at Christchurch to clinch the three-Test series.
Strike centre Jamie Roberts is clinging to the hope his tour isn’t over after suffering a suspected torn hamstring in the British and Irish Lions’ record win over the NSW Waratahs on Saturday night.
Former NRL star Craig Wing scored a try in Japan’s history-making 23-8 win over Six Nations champions Wales, their first ever victory over a major rugby nation in nearly 80 years of international competition.
Last Thursday “Inside Rugby” named its first four rugby “Invincibles”: Col Windon, Ken Catchpole, Mark Ella, and David Campese.
The NSW Waratahs are plotting to run the British and Irish Lions ragged in pursuit of a famous victory over the unbeaten tourists on Saturday night.
Questionable refereeing and underhand All Blacks tactics in the first Test have left France motivated to win round two of their scrummaging duel this weekend.
Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia has changed tack and endorsed new halves partner James O’Connor despite warnings he’ll be exposed at five-eighth by the British and Irish Lions.
Brumbies coach Jake White says it’s highly unlikely veteran flanker George Smith will be ready to return to the Wallabies for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions.
The Roar of the crowdYour sports opinion. Write your own article
Has there ever been a week of rugby like this? I have never known so many fixtures in this period, not even in a World Cup.
Rugby fans are frothing at the mouth at present, feverishly selecting the Wallabies XV to face the Lions and raging indignation at the likely omission of their favourite player here or there.
Clive Woodward’s recent statement beggars belief: “it is an own goal that has handed the Lions a trump card and just emphasises again how modern coaching – aligned with this obsession with `team ethic’ – has sidelined the more maverick characters.”
I know that we all want to put the Quade Cooper thing to bed, but I feel I have to get my two cents in before that occurs.
Quade Cooper and Robbie Deans should meet up again in ten years to debrief on all the goings on of the past two years.
The final Wallaby squad has been announced and there is no Quade Cooper, no Bernard Foley and no Matt Toomua.
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Over the weekend, Japan and the USA had home games against traditional rugby heavyweights, something they don’t get often.
This weekend the British and Lions played a near-full strength provincial side and only just had enough gas to take what the Reds threw at them.
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I’m just going to start this by saying, let’s hope for everyone’s sake that the Wallabies win this Lions series.
The British and Irish Lions will continue their build-up to the Wallabies series tonight when they meet a combined NSW/QLD Country side in Newcastle. We’ll have live scores and commentary from Hunter Stadium at 7.30pm AEST.
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Consider the starting Combined NSW/QLD Country XV side that takes on the Lions tonight: just three players are actually from either NSW or Queensland Country clubs – and just 10 in the 23.
The State of Origin last Wednesday night was a great spectacle. There is genuine passion there.
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