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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says his side’s shock 14-12 loss against the Brumbies is an important reality check heading into Saturday’s opening Test against the Wallabies.
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Old Spiro is an ancient who should have been born in the 18th century, or at least before the modern techological age.
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While rejoicing in the nation’s capital is thoroughly deserved after the Brumbies played out of their skins to beat the Lions 14-12 last night, the tourist’s loss won’t mean a toss come Saturday and the first Test against the Wallabies.
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This is the final installment of what is meant to be only a relatively brief insight into Lions tours of the southern hemisphere since the end of World War II.
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With the Lions Test series finally getting underway this weekend in Brisbane and the hype starting to build, let’s take a quick look at why the Lions should win the series.
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It’s taken six years but the Wallabies’ Mr Versatile, Adam Ashley-Cooper, has finally settled in his true home at No.13 and is ready to test himself against the game’s midfield master – Brian O’Driscoll.
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According to British and Irish Lions team Doctor James Robson, George North is making progress and is back to running.
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A man with a thick Scottish accent snaps the ball away from his coach and yells, “Right lads, a game of touch? Brits versus ANZACs.”
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The Brumbies have clung on for a dramatic 14-12 victory over a fast finishing British and Irish Lions outfit to become the first provincial team to beat the touring side in 16 years.
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The final Lions tour match before the first Test against the Wallabies on Saturday is taking place tonight in Canberra as the Brumbies host the British and Irish Lions. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
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Digby Ioane’s renowned recuperative powers have worked wonders again for the tackle-shedding winger to deliver the Wallabies a major boost for Saturday night’s first Test against the British and Irish Lions.
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Wallaby-in-waiting Christian Lealiifano’s remarkable return from his horrific ankle injury has been one of sport’s most heart-warming stories of 2013.
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This is an impressive touring party the Lions have brought to Australia. So far, we have seen play not normally attributed to the Northern Hemisphere teams, we’ve seen ball movement and counter attack, and a lot of it.
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New Brumbies No.8 Peter Kimlin is having quite the last ten days. He starred in his new position at the back of the scrum last weekend against the Rebels, a game in which he also captained the side after Nic White’s own captaincy debut lasted only nine minutes.
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In a week where four of Australia’s and Randwick’s favourite sons were elevated to ‘Invincible’ status and deservedly so, it is again to Randwick that the Wallabies should turn to when planning the downfall of the British and Irish Lions.
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As a Waratahs fan I believe the litmus test of the Lions match provided some insight into the state of the team. Here are the points that came to the fore.
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Berrick Barnes rates it the biggest rugby match on earth since the 2011 World Cup final but won’t mind if he watches the kick-off from the Suncorp Stadium bench.
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Legendary Welsh winger Shane Williams says he would have told the British and Irish Lions to stick their invitation to play in Tuesday’s tour game against the Brumbies if he thought for one second he wouldn’t have been good enough.
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Brumbies coach Jake White says Jesse Mogg and Matt Toomua will find out if they’re up to Test level when his side sticks to their tried and tested gameplan against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.
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The British and Irish Lions have announced the team to play the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday, with Ireland’s Rory Best to captain the last tour game before the first Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
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