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Brendan Mullin breaks through a tackle to score a try during the Five Nations international between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff in March 1995. Photograph: Clive Mason/Allsport

Brendan Mullin began to work in the world of finance long before he hung up his rugby boots after 55 Ireland caps between 1984 and 1995. A member of (...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

Victor Matfield controls the maul to set up the try for Heinrich Brussow of South Africa during the first Test match between the   Springboks and the   Lions at  Kings Park Stadium on June 20th, 2009 in Durban. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

You could write the definitive book on life and rugby based on the opening Tests of a British & Irish Lions series alone. It would cover every emo(...)

Jamie Ritchie is tackled by Seán O’Brien and Conor Murray during last year’s Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maybe Jim Telfer is mellowing with age – after all, he’ll be 80 on St Patrick’s Day – but when the old sage speaks about the dog in Jamie Ritchie he d(...)

Huw Jones dives over for one of his two tries for Scotland in the defeat of England at Murrayfield two weeks ago. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Huw Jones – Humble, for short – didn’t just crash in on the international rugby scene; there was a bang and a wallop there, too. Fourteen Tests and 10(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Scotland players celebrate their win over Wales at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The tartan endgame is straightforward enough. Scotland need only beat England at Twickenham on Saturday, defeat Italy with a bonus point the following(...)