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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(...)

Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

Sale Sharks’ AJ MacGinty scores his side’s third try during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Llanelli  at Parc y Scarlets. Photograph:  Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Sale Sharks booked a Champions Cup quarter-final trip to Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle after crushing the Scarlets 57-14 in Llanelli. Sale’s first Europ(...)

Scotland’s Zander Fagerson reacts after being sent off by referee Matt Carley during the Six Nations game against Wales at Murrayfield. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland went close, but did they really? While Andy Farrell described the match as ‘one that got away’, I’m not so sure. To support his view, James Lo(...)

 Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony leaves the pitch after receiving a red card. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is no scope to forgive Billy Burns’ inaccuracy as the premature ending in the Principality had Ireland coach Andy Farrell wide eyed and staring (...)

The Six Nations captains pictures over a video chat. Photograph: Inpho

The 2021 Six Nations gets underway this weekend - here’s hoping this year’s tournament goes a lot smoother than last. Footage of the opening rounds o(...)

England celebrate their success in last autumn’s  Nations Cup at  Twickenham Stadium, London. They are favourites, at around even money, to retain their Six Nations trophy. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Inpho

Ireland finished third in the last two editions of the Six Nations, the same again in the Autumn Nations Cup and, accordingly, are third favourites go(...)

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has seen his team struggle since taking over the job. Photo: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

When will Welsh rugby get the message when it comes to the English rugby clubs? Well they still desperately want to be invited to join the English P(...)

Wayne Pivac endured a tough first year as Wales head coach. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Wales headed into the 2020 Six Nations as defending Grand Slam champions and having come agonisingly close to a place in a maiden World Cup final just(...)

 Mako Vunipola gets over to score England’s second try during the  Autumn Nations Cup against Wales at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Wales 13 England 24 England booked their place in the Autumn Nations Cup final by beating battling Wales 24-13 at Parc y Scarlets. Eddie Jones’s men(...)

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