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  Lee Dickson passes the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Lee Dickson ahead of Ben Youngs at scrumhalf for Saturday’s opening autumn international against Australia at Twickenham.Dickson(...)

Jonny Sexton during kicking practice, at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne before the second Test. Phograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonny Sexton was almost certainly the Lions’ most important player when the squad was announced and – no disrespect to Owen Farrell – nothing has chan(...)

Will Genia: will likely play a pivotal role against the Lions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Brian O’Driscoll addressed the Lions squad yesterday, reflecting back on how an opportunity knocked and passed by at this exact point a dozen yea(...)

Jonathan Sexton puts on his boots ahead of the British and Irish Lions captain’s run at Scotch College  in Melbourne on Friday. Photograph:  by David Rogers/Getty Images

The British and Irish Lions expect Australia to throw everything bar the kitchen sink at them in Saturday’s second Test but the tourists are also hopi(...)

Australia coach Robbie Deans

Australia coach Robbie Deans has given James O’Connor another chance at outhalf and promoted Kurtley Beale to starting fullback for the Wallabies’ mus(...)

Tommy Bowe has recovered from injury to be named for the second Lions test against Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In the fall-out from the first test it was the woebegone Wallabies who seemed in greater need of overhaul but whereas they’ve made just two enforced c(...)

Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remainder of the tour. Photograph: Inpho

It is a measure of his contribution to date, both on and off the pitch, that Paul O’Connell has been asked to remain on with the Lions for the remaind(...)

Sean O’Brien of the Lions dives over for his try against the Melbourne Rebels. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Melbourne Rebels 0 British and Irish Lions 35: The dirt-trackers, re-enforced by the test bench, duly atoned for last week’s blip in Canberra again(...)

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen and former British and Irish Lions star Austin Healey at the announcement that Setanta Sports has added BT Sport and ESPN to its line up for the next three seasons. Photograph: David Maher / Sportsfile

Former England international and British Lion Austin Healey was never short of an opinion as a player, a character trait that has accompanied his care(...)

Rory Best (left) and Tom Court of the British and Irish Lions during the captain’s run at AAMI Park, Melbourne, scene of Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever about the last Tuesday game before the first Test, the last midweek game of the tour ahead of the second Test really is a speed bump. Admitte(...)

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