Irish Lions & Super Rugby

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Well the Lions' tour of NZL has just got harder. NZL's Super Rugby franchises will be at full-strength!.
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It has been quite a sporting weekend - it started with Daryl Impey being the first South African to wear the Yellow jersey in the Tour de France and ended with Chris Froome (Kenya born and South African - St John's College and Wits University - educated) wearing it. The Bulls squeaked past the Sharks to go to the top of the Super Rugby table. The British and Irish Lions beat Oz with 10 Welshmen and only two English in their starting 15 (so I decided that they were not too bad). The Cheetahs (my second favourite team because of the lovely rugby they play) are in the play offs for the first time. An Englishman won Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years or something ridiculous. Wow.
Qantas Wallabies team to play British & Irish Lions in the third Tom Richards Cup Test named The selection of Australia’s third highest capped player, four years after his most recent Test appearance, highlights the Qantas Wallabies side named today ahead of Saturday night’s third and series-deciding game against the British & Irish Lions in Sydney. In gaining selection, George Smith returns for a possible ‘farewell’ Test appearance on Australian soil, after previously having ‘signed off’ during the 33-12 win over Wales in Cardiff at the end of the 2009 Spring Tour. Much has changed since then: even the Qantas Wallabies jersey is markedly different in appearance; but Smith remains among the elite in his position, having proved that since his return from Japan to back up the Brumbies in Super Rugby after injury sidelined Test flanker David Pocock. The Brumbies have risen to the top of the Australian conference and the influence of Smith, most notably at the breakdown, has been a big factor in t ...
Super Rugby season is too long By Jacques Van Der Westhuyzen Johannesburg – The sooner Sanzar change the format of Super Rugby the better. There was nothing wrong with the Super 12 or the Super 14 – in fact, there’s not all that much wrong with 15 teams vying for the title of champion provincial team of the Southern Hemisphere. But the length of the competition is too long and more ludicrous is the fact Super Rugby has to be interrupted for Test matches. This year is unique in that the Australian teams played two extra games before their three-week break – because of the British and Irish Lions tour – as opposed to the South Africans and New Zealanders who were “resting” at the same time, but it is still silly to halt a competition so close to the end of the round-robin matches for the sake of Test rugby. Sanzar and whoever thinks up the new format – no matter the number of teams – hopefully they’ll ensure every-thing’s wrapped up and done with by the time the June Test matches take ...
WALLABIES COACH FACES FIVE-EIGHTH HEADACHE Thursday, 27 June 2013: An under-pressure Robbie Deans must make one of the toughest selection decisions of his six-season Wallabies tenure between two star players who have been out until 4am three days before a crucial Test against the British and Irish Lions. Deans is scheduled to announce his team to play the Lions on Thursday where his contentious five-eighth choice presents a major dilemma following Australia's 23-21 first Test loss. The New Zealander must decide between his first-choice playmaker in James O'Connor or his 2012 go-to man, Kurtley Beale, to be the chief playmaker for the second Test at Etihad Stadium. But both O'Connor and Beale were out until 4am on Wednesday morning after watching their Super Rugby team, the Melbourne Rebels, fall 35-0 to the Lions. The pair were photographed with a Lions fan in a fast food outlet in Melbourne and the picture was published by English newspaper The Daily Mail. Wallabies team management have conducted an inve ...
Phattys Bar For All The Sports On The Big Screen Wow, June is continuing to be a massive dose of sport for all fans and the action continues to be fast and furious. Tonight, Wednesday the 26th sees the second game in the 2013 Rugby League’s State of Origin series with Queensland out to extract revenge against a New South Wales side brimming with confidence after their victory in game 1. Game time is 5.00 pm. A rare Thursday game in the AFL when the troubled Essendon team head west to meet the West Coast in a season defining game. The action commences at 5.10 pm. Friday sees the return of Super Rugby after a mid season hiatus. No Australian teams this week as their tug of war battle with the British & Irish Lions continues in Melbourne on Saturday. Will the roof be closed at Etihad Stadium? Will Kurtley be able to stand up? These questions and more to be answered when action commences at 5.00 pm. Wimbledon is in full swing and reports are that the sales of strawberries and cream are at an all time high. ...
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Queensland Reds v British and Irish Lions: Preview and Prediction Posted on Jun 7, 2013 Two games in and the Lions have two wins under their belt. Yet to truly be tested, however, this weekend’s fixture against the Queensland Reds provides a much stiffer challenge for the tourists. The Reds are second on the Australian log in Super Rugby, and aside from their seven players currently on Wallaby duty they have named as strong a team as they possibly can. It is set to be the toughest game for the Lions to date. British and Irish Lions Gatland continues to rotate his squad, and as a result we will see some new combos taking shape. The most intriguing is probably, once again, in the centres, where Manu Tuilagi plays his second game in four days alongside Jonathan Davies, who showed some nice touches in Hong Kong. Davies is at 12 and Tuilagi at 13, which intriguingly means Roberts, Tuilagi and Davies will all have started at inside centre after Saturday – is Gatland looking at who is the best man to partner ...
The British and Irish Lions will line up for their first warm-up match on Australian soil on Wednesday morning and face a Western Force squad that includes seven players who have never even played Super Rugby before.
Gatland wants a tougher test Perth - British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has called for tougher challenges in his team's forthcoming matches on their tour of Australia after the visitors overwhelmed a depleted Western Force side 69-17 on Wednesday. Force coach Michael Foley, with one eye on Sunday's clash with the New South Wales Waratahs, selected seven players in the Perth-based Super Rugby side who have not played in the Southern Hemisphere competition. "The Force were thinking of their Super Rugby game on the weekend making a few changes, that's their prerogative," Gatland told reporters. "Ideally I would have liked to have played against a stronger game but we just made the focus about ourselves and I'm sure the (Queensland) Reds will be lot tougher in Brisbane on Saturday." The Force are bottom of the Australian conference in Super Rugby with only three wins from their 14 matches but they did manage to run in two tries against the Lions as well as disrupt a couple of lineout throws by Rory ...
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Stormers dent Reds' hopes Cape Town - The Stormers dented the Reds' playoff hopes in the Super Rugby with a 20-15 win on Saturday, with discarded Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper and his team off-color for the second straight game in South Africa. Springboks captain Jean de Villiers' try early in the second half was the decisive play in a grinding match at a windy and rainy Newlands, helping end the Stormers' own three-match losing run and leaving the Reds five points behind the Brumbies at the top of the Australian conference. De Villiers was set free on the left wing after a cross-kick from flyhalf Elton Jantjies in a planned move near halfway, and the centre eventually ran away for the only try of the game. Cooper kicked five second-half penalties, but Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen matched that in a relieving win for the struggling Cape Town team. In his first match since being left out of an initial Wallabies squad for the British and Irish Lions series, Cooper couldn't spark the Reds backline despite ...
Strong country team will test Lions FIVE capped Wallabies have been included in a 43-man squad by coaches of the Combined NSW-Qld Country side wholl take on the British and Irish Lions next month. After announcing recently the Combined Country side would be selected on an “origin” basis, the preliminary squad contains 18 players contracted to Super Rugby teams, 11 players from Premier Club Rugby and seven players each from the current NSW and Queensland country teams. The final 23-man team will be announced on Friday 31 May, with the squad coming into camp in Newcastle on Thursday 6 June. SQUAD (Name followed by current club and region player hailed from) Rikki Abraham - Prop (QLD Country/Townsville) Dale Ah-Wong - Wing (QLD Country/Cairns) Rory Arnold - Lock (QLD Country/Gold Coast) Fotu Auelua - No 8 (Brumbies/Campbell Harlequins) Phoenix Battye - Lock (Force/Cooma) Corey Brown - Wing (Premier Rugby Norths/Illawarra/Wollongong) Jarrad Butler - Backrow (Reds/Gold Coast) Sam Carter - Lock (Brumbies/Qi ...
Lions XV British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will have been a busy man as the RBS Six Nations reached the midway point. While one eye will have undoubtedly been on the on-going action in the Super Rugby, Gatland's priority will have been on the performances of the home unions. And as one or two individuals play themselves out of contention for the tour to Australia, a number continue to stake strong claims. And once again, skysports.com's Tony Curtis puts himself into Gatland's shoes and names his Lions XV. Remember the selections are based purely on this weekend's games... 15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) It is going to take something pretty special to... ~SportsMan
Super Bok trials begin South African players will want to put their best foot forward and impress Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer this weekend. With the British and Irish Lions tour Down Under in June necessitating anearlier than usual start to the season, with just two Australian derbies making up Round One, the 2013 Super Rugby campaign truly gets underway this weekend with a full quota of seven matches. Three of those involve South African sides, two of which are mouth-watering local derbies with the thirdbeing a historic clash in Port Elizabeth. From a South African perspective they don’t come any bigger than Friday’s north-south derby between the Bulls and the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld. It’s therefore fitting that this crunch clash kicks off a new-look South African conference that this year includes controversial debutants the Southern Kings. The Eastern Cape franchise host the Western Force in their first ever Super Rugby match on Saturday evening but not before the Cheetahsand Sharks square ...
Plenty of changes to 2013 Super Rugby Vodacom Super Rugby returns in 2013, but while it will still be as long and intense, filled with drama and passion, the format will have a slightly different tinge this year. With Australian sides kicking off a week earlier than the rest, thanks to their money-spinning British and Irish Lions tour, the 18th year of Super Rugby will start in two spurts – in Australia on 15 February, and for the rest a week later. With so many changes to the laws, Sanzar announced on Thursday that the halftime break was extended from 10 to 12 minutes, adding more time for analysis and commercial opportunities for broadcasters during games. But one law that won’t be implemented is the 23-man squad – whereby teams need to have a full front row on the bench, with Sanzar holding off while the IRB completes trials in other competitions. Still, there are some significant changes to the laws, including the three-call scrum that will be implemented for the first time, a change to the quic ...
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