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They’re called the British & Irish Lions and come together every 4 years to play either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand.
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1950s - Captained by Ronnie Dawson the British & Irish Lions won 2-0 in Australia but lost 1-3 in New Zealand in 1959
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British & Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling says he was proud of England's performance against New Zealand, despite going down to a last-gasp 20-15 defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday.
Kiwi duo clash as O'Driscoll takes centre stage 07 February 2014, 06:51 Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admits it is impossible for him to spring any surprises on Wales counterpart Warren Gatland ahead of Saturday's Six Nations showdown at Dublin's Lansdowne Road. The two New Zealand-born coaches have opposed one another over the course of their rugby careers, while Gatland also has vast experience of the Irish game from his time in charge of the country and his spell as boss of the British and Irish Lions. While there may be a lukewarm welcome for Gatland from the Irish fans, following his controversial decision to drop national hero Brian O'Driscoll from the Lions' third and final test in Australia last year, Schmidt insists he has no special plans for the Welsh visitors. "I've no doubt Warren knows a fair bit about what I do and I know a fair bit about what he does as well," said Schmidt, ahead of a second-round clash that could prove decisive in the destination of the Six Nations title. "Obviously, he's coa ...
Australia! Improvements and lots of them for Australia after the November Tests as they return Down Under following a busy five months since the Lions series. The 2-1 defeat to the British and Irish Lions was of course a disappointment, with the decider seeing Robbie Deans' charges well beaten in Sydney. Change was always expected after that series and so it proved as Ewen Mckenzie got the job ahead of Jake White, who later left the country to return to South Africa for a role at the Sharks. McKenzie meanwhile would embark on a tough first Rugby Championship against two sides on top of the world. The All Blacks and Springboks were a cut above the Wallabies and Pumas as McKenzie's tenure got off to a disappointing start, winning just the two games against Argentina. They came under heavy criticism and in some respects played worse than they did against the Lions. Then came Bledisloe III. New Zealand were pushed hard in Dunedin as the Wallabies stepped up in class, with Matt Toomua in the middle of Quade Co ...
Read The Best, World Rugby Fans Say: In a year when All Black No 8 Kieran Read won almost very player accolade in world rugby, it was fitting for him to be named player of the year by the game's international fan base. Read was voted the world's best at the Ultimate Rugby IRPA Fans' Awards to top off a highly successful 2013 where the Crusader was also named IRB world player of the year and the best in New Zealand at the national rugby awards earlier this month. Read held off stiff competition in the form of Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny and Irish loose forward Sean O'Brien. Fans took a different view to the players, however, when it came to naming their World XV. Only five All Blacks made the team with the back-row trio of Read, Richie McCaw and Liam Messam leading the way. Elsewhere Dan Carter was named at first-five and Conrad Smith at centre. Will Genia, who endured a painful series against the British and Irish Lions, pulled his season out of the fire to be named at halfback ahead of All Black Aaron ...
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Warren Gatland obliged to another British and Irish Lions tour come 2017... or as he will like to call it, the Welsh tour of New Zealand.
Well done! 22-year-old Eben Etzebeth is the youngest of the five nominees for IRB World Player of the Year 2013. The other four are Kieran Read and Ben Smith (both New Zealand), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales and the British & Irish Lions) and Sergio Parisse (Italy). Heyneke Meyer says, "He is very athletic, great in the line-outs and a strong ball-carrier, which makes him the perfect modern-day lock – in my opinion one of the best in the world – and an integral part of the Springbok team." Fingers crossed.
England have been struck by a trio of injury-enforced withdrawals for Saturday's QBE International against New Zealand headed by confirmation that Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out. The injury crisis at loosehead prop has deepened with Corbisiero joining Mako Vunipola on the list of absentees, while wings Marland Yarde and Christian Wade have conceded defeat in their fitness battles. It is the loss of Corbisiero, a star of the British and Irish Lions' tour to Australia, to a recurring knee problem that will be felt most acutely and England will be hoping desperately that Joe Marler is given the green light to face the All Blacks.
Boks should shut the Welsh bark 08 Nov 2013 Gavin Rich The Springbok chances of getting this tour off to a winning start at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will depend on how quickly they can get into the game and remind both themselves and the Welsh that when it comes to these clashes, the bark of the men from the valleys is usually much weightier than their bite. It is not just Wales who are in a confident mood heading into Saturday evening’s rematch of the tight 2011 Rugby World Cup pool game in Wellington. Their media and public are expecting something special too, and no-one you engage in conversation is afraid to say as much. And there is good reason, or at least they feel there is – the bulk of the Wales team won the deciding British and Irish Lions test against the Wallabies a few months ago. But while there might be reason for Wales to feel upbeat – they have a settled and experienced team that is strong at both forward and at the back and is well led by a real loose-forward menace in the ...
Key Clash Preview and Prediction: Wales v South Africa November 8, 2013 On Saturday evening the Millennium Stadium will play host to two of international rugby’s most muscular outfits. This is the first time the sides have met since the 2011 World Cup and Wales will be fully aware of their terrible record against the Springboks, having only beaten them once in the last 107 years. South Africa have only been beaten twice in 2013, both times by an impeccable New Zealand side, and after finishing second in the Rugby Championship, the visitors will be looking to leave Europe with nothing less than a clean sweep. Wales are coming off the back of a disappointing tour of Japan, but the touring party was more of a development squad and now Wales have all of their British and Irish Lions back as they attempt to maul some powerful Springboks. Wales Injuries have forced Warren Gatland to pick a fresh-faced backline. Liam Williams replaces Eli Walker, who suffered a hamstring injury in training on Thursday. Talisma ...
"Conquering Ellis Park will be tough" Ellis Park remains a touchy subject for a number of past All Blacks. Eleven touring parties have made the long trek to the ground since it was opened in 1928. Only three tasted victory. Tana Umaga led the last expedition to the Johannesburg stronghold, and nine years later memories of that 40-26 defeat, and a hat-trick by his opposite, Marius Joubert, are still tough to handle. On Sunday Steve Hansen's squad must overcome that poor record in the Rugby Championship decider against a Springbok outfit still hurting from the treatment it received at Eden Park last month. Bismarck du Plessis' controversial red card is understood to be a major source of motivation, and while Flip van der Merwe's suspension is unlikely to bring back the 'justice' armbands seen in the 2009 British and Irish Lions series finale, it only adds to the drama. It won't come as a surprise if there is a target on blindside Liam Messam, who was abused on social media after his alleged 'dive' led to Du ...
Gatland: Lions can roar again Warren Gatland: Turns attention backto coaching Wales Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will have what it takesto end a 42-year wait for a Test seriesvictory over New Zealand. This year's Lions squad are still celebrating a 2-1 success over Australia - their first Test series win since 1997 - achieved with a number of exciting young players playing crucial roles. Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Alex Corbisiero, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all shone and Gatland expects them to be the world-class talent at the heart of the 2017 touring squad. Asked if he thought the Lions could win in New Zealand, current Lions boss Gatland said: "Yes, I think if we get things right in terms of the preparation and stuff. "If you look at how young this squad is, a lot of them could be around in four years' time. "If they are playing well enough and you have got four more years' experience on some young heads, some young shoulders and they are in their late 20s, t ...
Warren Gatland would consider carrying on as British and Irish Lions coach for the series in New Zealand in 2017. The Kiwi guided the Lions to a first series win in 16 years as his side beat Australia in a three-Test contest.
Extract from Wikipedia about Warren Gatland. Warren David Gatland (born 17 September 1963) is a former New Zealand rugby footballer, he's a complete *** and the current Head Coach of the Wales national team.[1] He is also the Head Coach for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.[2]
Unleash' SANZAR on Lions Sydney - The Wallabies should team up with the All Blacks and the Springboks to tackle the British and Irish Lions, Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver said on Wednesday. "I would love the idea if you could find a Southern Hemisphere combination," Pulver told reporters ahead of Saturday's series decider between the Wallabies and the Lions in Sydney. He said he would settle for an Australia and New Zealand (ANZAC) alliance to take on the Lions at Twickenham in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated World War One Gallipoli campaign, which has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for the two nations. But Pulver relished even more the prospect of the three Southern Hemisphere powerhouses uniting under a SANZAR banner to beat the best of the British and Irish. "I'd even be happy with an ANZAC team. Take the best of Australia and New Zealand. A concept I would love to develop is -- 2015 is the centenary of ANZAC Day. Imagine playing a combined Australia- ...
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Australia captain James Horwill will be available for this weekend's 3rd Test against the British and Irish Lions after being cleared of stamping for a 2nd time, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said. Horwill was cited for stamping on the head of Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones in the 1st Test in Brisbane but initially cleared by New Zealand judicial officer Nigel Hampton on 23rd June only for the International Rugby Board (IRB) to appeal against the verdict. The reviewing officer Graeme Mew, who is based in Canada, delivered his decision following a hearing that lasted more than 2 hours on Monday and said the appeal would only have been upheld if the IRB had established a clear mistake on Hampton's part. "There was sufficient evidence upon which a reasonable Judicial Officer could have reached the decision that was made." Mew said in an ARU statement. "Accordingly, it could not be said that the Judicial Officer was manifestly wrong or that the interests of justice otherwise required his decision be overturned. ...
Best of the Weekend: Advantage Australia Posted on Jul 1, 2013 second test The British and Irish Lions will have to wait another week for an opportunity to make history, after they suffered the closest of defeats, losing 16-15 to Australia in Melbourne. Five penalties from Leigh Halfpenny were not enough to defeat a fired up Australian side, who were victorious thanks to the boot of Christian Leali’ifano, and the solitary try of the game from Adam Ashley-Cooper. Loosehead prop Mako Vunipola came under scrutiny early on in the scrum, with referee Craig Joubert pinging the Saracens player on a couple of occasions, whilst ignoring the vociferous calls that the Australian pack was driving early. The Lions scrum looked to adapt however, and grew in confidence throughout the game, with Adam Jones in particular impressing at tighthead, before his replacement Dan Cole exonerated some of his demons from the first test, scrummaging powerfully in his cameo. The lineout didn’t function as well as it had in the fi ...
England's World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward has labelled Saturday's performance by captain Sam Warburton as the best ever by a British and Irish Lion. Speaking in his Daily Mail column, the man who took the Lions to New Zealand in 2005 lauded the performance of the Cardiff Blues star, who has been ruled out of Saturday's series decider, saying: “I have never seen an Australian team lose the ball so often in contact — the ambition was there but the execution was not — and the reason for that was the defence and breakdown commitment from Sam Warburton and his pack. “In fact, the openside’s 70 minutes on the field was the most outstanding performance I have ever seen from a Lion. He was that good.
British and Irish Lions and Wallabies Test match was an occasion worthy of a Test. Not so what was on offer in New Zealand and South Africa
LIONS PROFILE: SEAN MAITLAND - Currently in Australia playing for the British and Irish Lions, we talk to Sean Maitland about his memories of winning the IRB...
Had to post this What professional team has the best winning percentage? Answer The greatest ever sports team in ANY sport would have to be the New Zealand All Blacks, rugby's most successful team ever. In over a hundred years of rugby, the All Blacks hold an 84% winning record against all opposition played. They have also won 74% of all test matches played, and hold a winning record against EVERY TEST NATION IN THE WORLD (including the British & Irish Lions, and the World XV). Romania (the best team in Eastern Europe), Canada (the best team in North America), Japan (the best in Asia), and other World Rugby Heavyweights Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Samoa, and Fiji have never beaten New Zealand. The average margin when playing the All Blacks is 25-12- that is, they have scored more than twice the amount of points than all opposition combined. New Zealand is so good, that they have never been ranked lower than 3rd on the World Rankings. In 1987, they were crowned the first ever Rugby World Champions ...
"Lee-Roy" - From the French nickname le roi meaning "the king". It has been common as an English given name since the 19th century. "Brendon" - From Brendanus, the Latinized form of the Irish name Bréanainn which was derived from a Welsh word meaning "prince". Saint Brendan was a 6th-century Irish abbot who, according to legend, crossed the Atlantic and reached North America with 17 other monks. "Baird" - Baird is a common surname of primarily Scottish origins. An old legend says that the family obtained their lands in Scotland when one Baird rescued King William the Lion while he was being attacked by a wild boar. While the validity of that legend is unknown, the Baird family did obtain lands in Aberdeenshire. Today, many Bairds have migrated elsewhere and the family name can be found primarily in the United States, South Africa ,Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
No matter what happens this weekend, All Blacks will remain No.1 in IRB rankings IRB.COM AND JAMES MORTIMER 07.JUN.2013GETTY IMAGES With the June touring schedule in full flight, several nations have the chance to make great strides in the rankings battle this weekend. All the top 16 ranked nations are in action except Australia, with the Wallabies focused on their upcoming British and Irish Lions series. New Zealand’s place at the top of the IRB World Rankings is guaranteed regardless of their result against France in Auckland on Saturday, the first of a three-Test Steinlager Series for the All Blacks, and the two nations first meeting since the 2011 Rugby World Cup Fina. The All Blacks have a total of more than 90 ranking points. The French have lost their past four matches against the All Blacks, but have a far better record in New Zealand than most Northern Hemisphere teams, most recently winning in 2009 in Dunedin. Victory would see the sixth-placed French move up at the expense of Wales, but Engla ...
Rob Howley says Wales' coaching set-up was compromised when he and Warren Gatland shared the job in the autumn. Wales' interim coach is at the helm for the Six Nations, while Gatland is on British and Irish Lions duty ahead of the summer of 2013 tour to Australia. Howley coached Wales for the two opening defeats by Argentina and Samoa, while Gatland was in charge as they lost to New Zealand and Australia.
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