Angus Gardner

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England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Possession is nine-tenths of the law is an aphorism that translates to rugby with an appreciable resonance. Ireland will chase a third Grand Slam in (...)

New Zealand centre Ryan Crotty  celebrates after scoring a try during the match against France at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Photograph:   Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

France 18 New Zealand 38 France were given a reminder of how far they still are from a maiden World Cup title when they were humbled 38-18 in Paris b(...)

Warren Gatland saw his Lions side beaten for a second time on Saturday morning. Photograph: Davia Davies/PA

‘Highlanders Claim Magical Victory’ proclaimed the headline in the New Zealand Herald and it offered an inkling of the tone that rugby wrier Gregor Pa(...)

Robbie henshaw, Iain Henderson and Jonathan Joseph react after losing to the Highlanders. Photograph: Reuters

Warren Gatland lamented the Lions’ missed opportunity, having been in control of the game before “we shot ourselves in the foot” with what he said wer(...)

The Highlanders’ Waisake Naholo  celebrates scoring his side’s first try against the Lions.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

Highlanders 23 British & Irish Lions 22 Another one that got away, and the taste of this defeat will feel especially bitter as the Lions had the (...)

The combination of Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell in the 10-12 axis was a huge boost to the Lions after Jonathan Davies was forced off with a head injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This victory was an eloquent rebuttal of accusations that the Lions would descend into a spiral of defeats in tracing a line from last week’s disappoi(...)

 Jack Stratton of NZ Provincial Barbarians gets his pass away   during the game against the British & Irish Lions at the Toll Stadium in Whangarei, New Zealand. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians 7 British & Irish Lions 13 The Toll Stadium last Saturday night was set fair. The torrential rain had relented,(...)

Stuart Hogg is tackled by Jonah Lowe of the Barbarians. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

NZ Provincial Barbarians 7 British & Irish Lions 13 It wasn’t a defeat. That would have constituted one of the most ignominious days in Lions’ hi(...)

South African referee Jaco Peyper talks to Ireland captain Rory Best during the game against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

French referees Romain Poite and Jérôme Garcès and South Africa’s Jaco Peyper will preside over the Lions’ three Test series against New Zealand this (...)

Ben Te’o   dives over to score England’s try in the Six Nations game against France at Twickenham. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England 19 France 16 England registered a 15th successive Test victory to set a new national record in a 19-16 triumph over France, but their unbeate(...)

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