The Lions

Folau A Big Threat To The Lions

Robbie Deans decision to omit Quade Cooper from his initial squad to face the British and Irish Lions came as surprise to many, but it was no surprise to see Israel Folau amongst the 25-man group. The Waratahs full-back has been a revelation since switching from the AFL (Aussie Rules Football) and he now looks set to play a major …

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Australia’s Lion Tamers

  As we prepare for the Lions tour of Australia this summer we take a look at the men charged with halting the Lions pride. Now that Gatland has shown his hand for this summers tour, attention must turn to counterpart Robbie Deans as he looks at the players he will send out to take on the Lions. Recent form …

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Lions Glory Hinges on Finding the Right Balance

On Thursday Warren Gatland put months of speculation to an end by revealing the names of the 37 men charged with delivering the British and Irish Lions a series victory for the first time since 1997. There were no real surprises (apart from the absences of Chris Robshaw and Rory Best) and as expected the core of the squad was …

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Australian Pride Rubbishes Lions Roar

WARREN Gatland threw up few surprises when The Lions Squad was announced last Tuesday. The inclusion of Matt Stevens and Dylan Hartley may have raised some eyebrows, and the exclusion of Johnny Wilkinson certainly caused a stir amongst the British press, but what did our rivals down under think? Gatland’s decision to take big, powerful players certainly struck a chord. …

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Lions and Cubs – no Pussycats

After having a few days to dwell on Gatland’s British & Irish Lions selections, his 37 man squad seems rather more impressive and ‘well-rounded’ than at first glance. Particularly, after the last month of analysis and prediction from pundits and fans alike, many were shocked at some of his choices, however Gatland still remained much composed and almost nonchalant about …

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The Forgotten Lions

Having analysed the Lions squad yesterday I thought it might be nice to have a look at those individuals who missed out on the squad. The best way in which to do this I figured was to create a team out of the forgotten souls so the below is what I dreamed up. 1. Ryan Grant 2. Rory Best 3. …

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The Lions 2013 Squad

Now that Warren Gatland has finally unveiled his 37 man touring party for this years Lions tour to Australia we take an in-depth look at the selections and how they might impact this years tests. Captain Sam Warburton Possibly the biggest decision for Gatland and his coaching team was who would lead the Lions throughout the tour and during the test matches. …

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Lions Squad Announced

          The Lions squad has been announced for the 2013 tour to Australia by tour manager Andy Irivine. Warren Gatland also confirmed as suspected that Sam Warburton has been installed as tour captain. The squad is as follows; Full-back; Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Rob Kearney Wing; Tommy Bowe, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, George North Centre; Jonathan Davies, …

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