Posts Tagged "British and Irish Lions"
With the year drawing to a close comes the raft of awards – IRB Player Of The Year as well as IRB Team Of The Year.
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Brian O’Driscoll admitted on Thursday that he still harbours “resentment” towards British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland over his non-selection for the third Test against Australia earlier this year.
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This feature article comes from a night where I was embedded with the Brumbies coaches through the lead-up and during the tour match last month between the Brumbies and the British and Irish Lions.
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Last week Spiro wrote: “I was on one of the first trains out of ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, a mouse scuttling away from the good ship. There were only Wallabies supporters on the train. They were stunned and silent.”
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Let’s rewind back to the 55th minute of the third Test. George Smith makes a half break around the fringes of the ruck, bringing the Wallabies into the red zone.
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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admitted he is just beginning to appreciate the scale of his team’s achievements after they returned home to a heroes’ welcome following their triumphant tour of Australia.
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I usually don’t care too much about how other teams perform outside my own beloved Springbok team and usually just concern myself with whether the contest between two other teams is worth watching.
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As a casual fan I watched and largely enjoyed the lead up, the match and Homebush in general. The Woodies are my union team, my son plays hooker in a park team, and some of my best mates come from rugby.
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As the dust settles from the British and Irish Lions tour, the word on everyone’s lips is how the Wallabies move forward from a series loss.
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Over the last ten years I seem to have lost my passion for rugby. There was a time when a loss was a gut-wrenching experience and a win an elixir to get me through the next week.
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I wrote an article yesterday that mainly focused on the very good performance by the Lions in beating the Wallabies on the weekend. Today I’ll look at a number of things that didn’t work for the Wallabies.
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Well, that was a bit of a letdown. There can be no question that the better team won, and there can be even less question that the final result adequately illustrates the difference in class between the two sides over the three Tests.
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There’s been a lot of chat about how badly the Wallaby scrum was for game three of the Lions series. But it was the fact that the Lions were so good that won it – not the Wallabies who were so bad.
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I live in London, so you can imagine the amount of in-your-facing I copped while wearing my Wallabies jersey on Saturday after the Lions beat us.
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Triumphant captain Alan-Wyn Jones has lauded Welsh countryman Leigh Halfpenny as a rugby icon after the brilliant little fullback booted the British and Irish Lions to a drought-breaking, face-saving series win over the Wallabies.
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From the moment Will Genia knocked on from the kick-off at ANZ Stadium last night, the Wallabies didn’t turn up to play in the series-decider against the Lions and were hammered 41-16.
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The Lions tour is over and it encapsulated all that is good about rugby. There are a few things we can and can’t say after this tour.
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A brutal Lions scrummaging onslaught and an horrific start and finish by the Wallabies combined to see Robbie Deans fighting for his job on a demoralising low on Saturday night.
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Even in triumph, embattled coach Warren Gatland was an emotional wreck after the British and Irish Lions completed their first series victory in 16 years with a third-Test rout of the Wallabies.
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The British and Irish Lions embarrassed a shellshocked Wallabies 41-16 at a packed-out ANZ Stadium on Saturday night to celebrate a drought-breaking first series success in style.
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